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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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Has beautiful and often ominous looking artwork. The little Chinese children seem extra small and vulnerable next to the big wolf, which enhances the scariness of the wolf’s threat, but the eldest is clever and executes a plan to save herself and her sisters. It is a far better outcome than Perrault’s version—but not for the wolf.
  Ms.Kunz | Jun 29, 2014 |
Summary: A Chinese version of the story of Red Riding Hood. In this version the mother goes off to see the grandmother leaving her three daughters at home. The wolf sees the mother along her journey and makes his way to the home where the three girls are and tries to convince them he is their grandmother, their Po Po. The girls are fooled at first but when they realize their mistake they devise a plan of escape and kill the wolf.

Personal Reaction: I like this alternative version of the familiar Little Red Riding Hood. It was interesting to see the girls work together to conquer the wolf and the way they worked almost intuitively to get him out the door.

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1. This would be a great book to use in discussing classic literature and the numerous versions that exist for the same story.
2. This could be used as an example and have the students work together to take other classic literature stories and rewrite them changing one portion or the other with the basic premise of the story remaining the same.
  msmarymac | Mar 21, 2014 |
read for weekly assignment.
discovering the works of Ed Young has been a highlight of this term for me. His combination of art and storytelling provides the full compliment for picture book reading. His style and presentation of traditional native tales into relatable boundary-less lessons in creative and inspiring. An a writer and illustrator, his works are quite necessary for school-aged readers.
  cpwpsu | Mar 16, 2014 |
Lon Po Po is a Chinese folktale similar to Little Red Riding Hood but features three brave sisters who outsmart the wolf and, in the end, kill him. This is a very empowering story for girls especially and the illustrations are appropriately dark and spooky for the story - there is no indication from color scheme or style that this story features three heroines. It highlights the importance of being smart, working together against a common foe, and trusting yourself and your family before anyone else.
  emmalune | Mar 13, 2014 |
This Chinese take on the traditional Red Riding Hood story tells of 3 children who are left alone for the night. A wolf comes to the door at night and fools the children into thinking he is their grandmother. The children trick the wolf to save themselves. I like this unexpected ending.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful My favorite page in when they first get into bed. The covers look like the sky with the negative space around the bed looking like a mountain range. Lovely. Great book to add to a unit on traditional tales/Red Riding hood tales. ( )
  JenWinans | Mar 13, 2014 |
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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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