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Ed Young (1) (1931–2023)

Author of Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

For other authors named Ed Young, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of over eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Born in Tientsin, China in 1931, Ed Young grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture show more but turned instead to art. Young began his career as a commercial artist but found himself looking for something more expansive, expressive, and timeless. He discovered all this, and more, in children's books. Young's quest for challenge and growth are central in his role as illustrator. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has also received two Caldecott Honors - for The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice - and was twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to children's book authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition to Ed Young's writing and illustration career, he is also a respected master of t'ai chi and has been teaching students for over 30 years. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Ed Young

Seven Blind Mice (1992) 2,580 copies
Beyond the Great Mountains (2005) 213 copies
Voices of the Heart (1997) 129 copies
My Mei Mei (2006) 114 copies
What About Me? (2002) 111 copies
Hook (2009) 101 copies
Monkey King (2001) 66 copies
Night Visitors (1995) 59 copies

Associated Works

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze (1932) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,309 copies
The Double Life of Pocahontas (1983) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,203 copies
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China (1982) — Illustrator — 1,154 copies
The Emperor and the Kite (1967) — Illustrator — 662 copies
Wabi Sabi (2008) — Illustrator — 605 copies
Sadako (1993) — Illustrator — 417 copies
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 337 copies
The Girl Who Loved the Wind (1972) — Illustrator — 195 copies
The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story (1996) — Illustrator — 135 copies
Moon Bear (2010) — Illustrator — 108 copies
The Hunter (2000) — Illustrator — 106 copies
Bitter Bananas (1994) — Illustrator — 92 copies
Bicycle Rider (1832) — Illustrator — 82 copies
Whale Song (Sandcastle Books) (1987) — Illustrator, some editions — 70 copies
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights (2001) — Contributor — 61 copies
Desert Song (2000) — Illustrator, some editions — 61 copies
White Wave: A Chinese Tale (1979) — Illustrator — 51 copies
The First Song Ever Sung (1993) — Illustrator — 48 copies
Shanghai Messenger (2005) — Illustrator, some editions — 47 copies
While I Sleep (1992) — Illustrator — 39 copies
Seven Fathers (2011) — Illustrator — 33 copies
The Red Lion: A tale of ancient Persia (1977) — Illustrator — 28 copies
8,000 stones; a Chinese folktale (1972) — Illustrator — 18 copies
The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories (2000) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 1, September 1978 (1978) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Other names
Young, Ed (Tse-chun)
Birthdate
1931-11-28
Date of death
2023-09-30
Gender
male
Nationality
China (birth)
USA
Birthplace
Tientsin, China
Education
Pratt Institute (1958-59)
Occupations
illustrator
author

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Independent Reading Level: Grades 2-4
Awards: 1990 Caldecott Medal
 
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lazwilliams | 240 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
EducatingParents.org rating: Approved
 
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MamaBear297 | 93 other reviews | Dec 1, 2023 |
The epigraph from Kung Fu Tze—“What one wishes not upon oneself, one burdens not upon another”—aptly summarizes this simple parable set in Nepal. Doko, the teller, is a large basket that has carried a baby, kindling wood, a dowry, and a body to a grave, but grieves when the feeble grandfather is to be carried away to be abandoned on the temple steps. Perhaps inspired by the stories his grandfather has told him, the young grandson stops his father by reminding him to bring back the basket, so he won’t have to buy another, “when you are old and it is time to leave you on the temple steps.” The father’s weeping eyes, his son reflected in his pupils, is manga-like in intensity. The dynamic, jewel-toned pastel, collage and gouache illustrations, bordered and flecked with gold give dignity, richness and power to a traditional Asian tale that embodies both the Golden Rule and respect for the elderly. (Picture book. 5-8)

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CDJLibrary | 10 other reviews | Nov 9, 2023 |
This book is a play on the original Little Red Riding Hood but with Chinese culture. The grandma leaves and instructs her granddaughters not to open the door for anyone. A wolf comes and pretends to be their grandma, but is soon killed by the three girls.
 
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