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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" by Ed Young is the Red Riding Hood story with a Chinese twist. Three young children are left at home when their mother leaves to visit their grandmother. However, things take a turn when their grandmother shows up at their door. Of course we all know that the grandmother at their door is really the wolf.

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I enjoy traditional fairy tales but I haven't read many from other countries. This story was neat to read because you get to read the traditional story that has a few different twists to the story. The artwork is also beautiful and changes the feel of the story in comparison to the original.

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1.) Firstly, this book is a good introduction into Chinese culture and the Chinese language. The fact that traditional stories can be used to introduce new cultures is always interesting.
2.) Secondly, I have always thought that the Red Riding Hood story had the lesson of "stranger-danger". It teaches children to be aware of their surrounding and not to trust all things as they appear. ( )
  BreannaDavid | Jul 16, 2017 |
1990 Caldecott Medal. Mixed media: Watercolor and pastel. Appropriate for grades 1 and up. Excellent version of Red Riding Hood from Chinese folklore. Good for comparison to the European Riding Hood tale, and other versions. Good example of story arc and dramatic irony.
  afshaffer | Jul 12, 2017 |
When three little girls are left alone for the night, an eager wolf swoops in, pretending to be their grandmother so he can eat them. These girls are far too clever for him!
  Lilly.Reid | Jul 7, 2017 |
Another great book for observing the influence of different cultures on text. A great addition to our multicultural folktale unit.
  tania.taylor1967 | Jun 11, 2017 |
This book is a wonderful version of Little Red Riding Hood, in a version where instead of one child traveling alone in the forest, three sisters are left home alone by their mother and the wolf disguises himself as their grandmother and convinces them to let him in. The sisters work together to outwit Lon Po Po, who seems to represent all darkness and fear through the authors portrayal of the wolf as always being surrounded by darkness.
  widdowsd | Apr 21, 2017 |
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Ed Youngprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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