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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 by Ed Young (1989)


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The story is a Chinese version of the popular children's fable "Little Red Riding Hood" as retold by Young. Contrary to the original fable, in which there is only one child (little Red Riding Hood) who interacts with the nemesis of the story (the wolf), Lon Po Po has three children. It is written from the children's point of view. The majority of the illustrations are divided into three pictures per every two pages to form a bigger picture. Young uses dark colors for the illustrations to set the tone of the story. ( )
  Alison14 | Nov 16, 2015 |
The illustrations/watercolors fit the mood of the story as intended. What a great version of little red riding hood. ( )
  JenHopkins | Oct 18, 2015 |
In my opinion "Lon Po Po" by Ed Young is a very interesting book. Lon Po Po is the Chinese version of Little Red-Riding Hood. I found it very interesting to see the similarities and differences between the two versions of the same tale. I think it would be great for students to work on their comparing and contrasting skills by reading and comparing the English version of Little Red-Riding Hood and Lon Po Po. This may also help to educate students about cultural differences. I would recommend this book for 3rd-4th grade readers. ( )
  swarnk1 | Oct 5, 2015 |
This version of little red riding hood was much darker and slightly different than the story I know. Not for little children, more for those who are culturally aware and mature enough to handle the darkness.
  kali.joy | Sep 16, 2015 |
Eerie rendition of little red riding hood and the wolf. This is a folktale from China.
  amkestek | Aug 13, 2015 |
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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."
"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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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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