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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Ed Young

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Title:Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Authors:Ed Young
Info:Scholastic Inc (1990), Paperback
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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (1989)


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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 |
The story is a traditional Chinese tale, somewhat akin to Red Riding Hood. The children remain at home, however, while their mother leaves to go visit their grandmother. The wolf tricks them into opening the door, but they children outsmart the wolf.

It's a timeless lesson about heeding warnings, and obeying the instructions of your elders. But I really like the way these three young girls get the best of the bad wolf! They are brave and clever.

Young’s beautiful illustrations support and enhance the story. I particularly liked the way the wolf was “disguised” with vague water color images, and the expressions he gave to the girls ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 9, 2017 |
I would utilize this book in a first, second, third, or fourth grade classroom because of the fairy tale connection to Little Red Riding Hood, which students adore. An educator could teach about compare and contrast skills by comparing the American version to the Asian American version. The book demonstrates the theme of wisdom and the importance of listening to what adults say. The book also shows how important it is to trust one's instincts. Lon Po Po demonstrates the importance of family in the Chinese culture by having the mother go out of her way to go and bring food to her own mother, no matter how late it is.
  jthodesen01 | Apr 1, 2017 |
Summary: Three sisters are home alone when their mother goes to see their Po Po (grandma). A bad wolf tricks them into letting him in by disguising himself as their Po Po. The eldest tricks him into wanting so exceeds from a tree. The girls eventually life him up in a basket, but let it and the wolf fall which kills him.
Critique of genre: Folklore; There was a theme of good versus evil and a moral to the story. You should be careful who you let I the house. There was also the aspect of kids being the hero and evil (the wolf) was defeated.
Age: Primary, intermediate ( )
  ducky713 | Mar 8, 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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