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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
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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 was quite enjoyable. I actually picked the book up last year for an assignment and I do not think I read further than the first page, so I went in with very low expectations this time. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

The writing was very well done, unlike many of the other children's books I have read lately, which try too hard to fit a certain dialect. This book was diverse a still simplistic, which was a breath of fresh air. It even had a little bit of character development.

The illustrations really helped bring the book to life. Though the story took place at night, the pictures were still appealing. The illustrator did a very good job with the facial expressions of the characters as well. The only thing that kept this book for being completely amazing was that it did not make me cry.

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The book is a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood. This version is still original, though. Instead of the kids going out, the mother does and they are left to stay inside and not open the door. The wolf comes by dressed as their grandmother and they let "her" in. Similar to Little Red Riding Hood, the children slowly discover that their "grandmother" is a wolf in disguise.

To distract the wolf from eating them, the oldest says there are nuts outside that will keep the wolf from ever being hungry again. They go to get the nuts and when the wolf grows impatient they say they will reel him up so he can have some. Each time they do, they drop the rope on purpose to knock the wolf out. When it is all said and done, they return to the house and lock the door.
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  ZetherBooks | Jun 15, 2016 |
In this version of Red-Riding Hood, the mother leaves her children behind as she leaves to visit her mother. The wolf visits the children at their home, pretending to be their grandmother. The pretense doesn't last and the kids soon find out who the wolf really is, eventually overtaking him. This story teaches kids to be cautious when they are home alone and to not let strangers in the their homes.
  kquisling | Jun 2, 2016 |
I remember this from grade school! Specifically I remembered the haunting cover art; I remembered very little of the story. This version of Little Red Riding Hood features three daughters/sisters, not one, and their mother leaves them alone to visit her mother (their grandmother, or Po Po), rather than sending them to her. The wolf knocks on the door, pretending to be the grandmother, but Shang, the eldest daughter, sees through the disguise and comes up with a clever plan to trick the wolf. The illustrations are in panels on some pages, full pages in others. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 15, 2016 |
This Chinese Retelling version of the Little Red shows the resourcefulness of three girls as they deal with a tricky wolf that visits their house while mother is away. It is a story about outwitting the "bad guy." This story is filled with wisdom, courage, and fun. This story is also beautifully illustrated with perfect watercolors that bring the story to life. ( )
  DesmondDavis | Apr 12, 2016 |
This story by Ed Young is a twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. This version is from China, and is about three siblings left home alone while their mother went to see their grandmother. Like in the original version, the wolf pretends to be their grandmother, and tries to eat the children. But unlike the original version, the story isn't as suspenseful because there are no events described of the wolf getting close to eating one of the children, but only being physically close to them. The children notice the features of the wolf that shouldn't be on their grandmother, as in the original, and end up outwitting the wolf, but the story is a little bland and lacks excitement. Whereas it does get a little suspenseful when the wolf is in the home with the children, it doesn't seem to be as detailed as the original and therefore less exciting. ( )
  jcolvi1 | Apr 5, 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:26 -0400)

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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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