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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (original 1989; edition 1996)

by Ed Young

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Title:Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Authors:Ed Young
Info:Puffin (1996), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (1989)

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Lon Po Po is a great adaptation of the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story but with a lot of elements of Chinese culture. My favorite aspects of the story are the plot and the characters. The plot is familiar, but it was also new enough to me as a reader that I still didn't know what to expect. For example. the fact that the wolf didn't not want to eat the children, but instead wanted to taste the gingko nuts is a departure from the original story that was unexpected. The characters, which were also different from the original tale, were another element I enjoyed. The characters, Shang, Tao, and Paotze all had different personalities but Shang was my favorite. Being the oldest, she was the wisest of the sisters and saw right through the wolf's disguise and was able to warn her sisters. She came up with the idea to kill the wolf by getting him up the gingko tree. Shang's character was a lot different than the original Little Red since she wasn't fooled by the loft. Instead of being the typical damsel in distress, she was brave and slier than the wolf. The big idea of the story is probably to listen to your parents when they are trying to keep you safe. ( )
  cmcdon13 | Sep 21, 2016 |
To be completely honest this story always gives me the creeps, not matter what version of the story it is. This story is a take on the classic "Little Red Riding Hood." This version tells the story of three sisters who are left alone at home while their mother goes and visits their grandmother. When their mother leaves a wolf approaches the house disguised as their grandmother. The sisters make the mistake of letting the impostor in, but soon later realize he is actually a wolf. The older sister comes up with a plan and basically kills the wolf in the end. I think that fantasy plays a role in this story because obviously there is no such thing as a speaking wolf. But I think the way the author addressed the issue of what the girls should do and how they handled the situation was very interesting. The sisters outsmarted the wolf in a way that I felt was very clever. The illustrations showed a lot of emotion. I think the author portrayed the wolf as very frightening, as it should be. Overall I thought it was a pretty good book. ( )
  NihadKased | Sep 19, 2016 |
Lon Po Po is a different take on Little Red Riding Hood. The overall setting takes place in China and instead of one protagonist, there are 3 different protagonists working together to stop the wolf from trespassing their home. Shang, Tao, and Paotze are left alone in their house after their mother has gone off to visit their grandmother Po Po. Along comes a wolf disguised as Po Po asking the children to let him in. After awhile the children start to notice that it's not their grandmother and they trick the wolf by asking him to climb up a tree in order to taste a gingko nut. The wolf eventually gets killed as he falls from the top of the tree and the children return home and lock the door. A good activity to do with kids is to let them analyze both this story and the original story and come up with comparisons and differences between the two via a Venn Diagram. It could be together as a class on the white board or in small groups. ( )
  wxv002 | Sep 9, 2016 |
GR: S
GL: 2.6
DRA: 40
Lexile: 670L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 2, 2016 |
This Chinese rendering of the Little Red Riding hood story starts when three young sisters, Shang, Tao, and Paotze,are left at home by their mother with strict instructions to bolt the door and open it for no one. The sly Wolf comes knocking at the door pretending to be Lon Po Po, the children's grandmother. Upon entering the wolf blows out the candle that lights the room but is seen by the eldest daughter, clever Shang. Eventually Shang tells her sisters of a plan to kill the wolf, Lon Po Po, and outwits the beast and saves herself and her sisters. This is a wonderfully written and illustrated book that is sure to please all age groups.
  gregorysmith | Jul 31, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ed Youngprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paterson, Katherinesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wong, B. D.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yashima, Tarosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To all the wolves of the world for lending their good name as a tangible symbol of our darkness.
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"Once, long ago, there was a woman who lived alone in the country with her three children, Shang, Tao, and Paotze."
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"Shang touched grandmother's sharp claws. 'Po Po, Po Po, your hand has thorns on it.'"
At once, Shang lit the light and the wolf blew it out again, but Shang had seen the wolf's hairy face.
The wolf had only on thought in his mind: to taste a ginko nut.
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In this Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, three young children out-smart an old wolf, Lon Po Po.  The sisters team up and lure the wolf to her death by her own greed.  This book would be great to use with teaching about cultural diversity.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0698113829, Paperback)

Three little girls spare no mercy to Lon Po Po, the granny wolf, in this version of Little Red Riding Hood where they tempt her up a tree and over a limb, to her death. The girls' frightened eyes are juxtaposed against Lon Po Po's menacing squint and whirling blue costume in one of the books numerous three-picture sequences, which resemble the decorative panels of Chinese tradition. Through mixing abstract and realistic images with complex use of color and shadow, artist and translator Young has transformed a simple fairy tail into a remarkable work of art and earned the 1990 Caldecott Medal in doing so.

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Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.

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