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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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Lon Po Po tells the story of outwitting the wolf who is pretending to be their Po Po. The three children trick the wolf into getting into a basket which he eventually falls from and dies. ( )
  elmisner | Jul 22, 2015 |
This wolf wants to eat little girls and dresses up as a wolf and goes to their house when there mom is away and he try to eat them but surprise the girls are very clever.
  margaritamunoz14 | Apr 29, 2015 |
This book is the little red riding hood story from China. On their grandmothers birthday, three chldren were left home alone while the mother went to visit her. At dusk a wold pretending to be their grandmother knocked on the door and tricked the children to letting him in. the children noticed their gradmother had a rather low voice, bushy tail, and hairy facy. The children climbed the gingko tree and plotted. They dropped the wolf from the basket in the tree so many times that he finally died. The children locked themselves in the hosue and waited for their mother to return.
  dluby17 | Apr 22, 2015 |
This was a very interesting folktale. The illustrator did a wonderful job using very soft handed techniques to draw the art within the book. This book is a Chinese version of little Red Riding Hood. It was evident within the writing of the text that the author wanted to emphasize the cultural values of the chinese. Unlike Little Red Riding Hood story, this story includes three children rather than just one. THe Chinese culture is a very collectivistic society that values working together in groups. The children in this book were tricked into believing that the wolf was their grandmother. The children lure the wold into the tree to eat nuts, but they dropped him instead. I would use this text to open up discussion about the cultural twists on folktale my students have heard growing up in their culture. This book would be best for 3rd grade up because it deals with killing another animal. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Mar 10, 2015 |
Three young girls are left at home for the night when their mother leaves to visit their grandmother. Nearby, a wolf watches as the mother leaves. At dusk, the wolf dresses as an old woman and knocks on the door of the three girls. Pretending to be the little girls' Po Po, the wolf persuades the girls to let him in. As they lay down together, the wolf is asked questions about his tail and claws. The oldest sister becomes curious and lights a light that lasts only long enough to see the wolf's hairy face. She then deceives the wolf into letting them climb a tree outside in order to pick Gingko nuts for the wolf. When they do not return with his nuts, the wolf becomes outraged. He goes out to the tree only to be told that Gingko nuts are only good right after they've been picked. They come up with a plan to pull the wolf up by a rope and basket so that he can pick the nuts himself. Each attempt ended with the wolf falling back to the ground until the final attempt killed him. The three girls then went back into the house and waited till morning when their mother returned.

Reflection: I've read this book before many years ago but now I understand it better. These three girls are very smart and cunning. This story is a Chinese twist on the Red-Riding Hood tale we know today. It does have some similarities but the setting and plot are slightly different. It is a very enjoyable book to read. I like when authors twist a tale or tell it from a different point of view.

Extensions: 1. Have children compare "Lon Po Po" to "Little Red Riding Hood." Create a visual chart to represent similarities and differences.

2. Talk about safety. Ask the students what they should do if someone they aren't sure about comes to the door. Have a speaker come and talk to them. ( )
1 vote mnewby17 | Mar 4, 2015 |
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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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