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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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A Chinese folktale that teaches the moral that you should listen to what your mother tells you to do.
  edwardcandler | Jan 29, 2017 |
Myth/Folklore, book 2

Summary: Three young girl's are left alone at night while their mother travels to see their grandma. A wolf who sees the mother leave, longs to eat the girls, and hatches up a plan. He knocks on the door and pretends to be their grandma. The girls eventually outsmart him and he ends up with a heart in pieces and dead under a tree.

The illustrations were amazing. This book is a caldecott winner and it's easy to see why. I'm uncertain but it looks a lot like water color. Each of the pages is like it's own individual painting. The strokes are so beautiful and meaningful. I was hesitant to read this book but I have seen it everywhere so I wanted to be in the know. I was definitely not disappointed. I think it was interesting that it was a classic story with somewhat of a twist. That was kind of refreshing and I love stories where clever children prevail.
  ahle | Dec 4, 2016 |
Lon Po Po is a fabulous book to read during a fairytale or folktale unit. Students can easily relate the book to the American version of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The illustrations are more impressionistic, but they still contain very vivid color to where readers still have an understanding of what is going on in the scene. The book would be good to use for comparing/contrasting texts and could also be used for folktale/fairytale adaptations in a unit.
  hannahpere | Oct 2, 2016 |
I actually enjoyed this book a lot. It is a version of Red Riding Hood from China. This story began with a mother telling her three children that she was leaving to go visit their grandmother. The three children heard the wolf at the door pretending to be their grandmother. The children notice that the grandmother is not acting like herself so they trick the wolf. They say that they will carry the wolf up in a basket but they drop the wolf three times which causes it to break its heart and die. The illustrations were phenomenal! This book was a Caldecott winner, but the colors were so vibrant and creative. Also the illustrations are very different than most American picture books you'd see, which I thought was interesting to view. The illustrations of the wolf especially caught my attention because they were so descriptive and a little scary. I also liked the plot of this story because it had a twist to it that contradicts the American version we hear. I love how the author had the children trick the wolf and have it break its heart. That's so creative and original and I thought it was wonderful. I also liked the character development that the author had shown. He showed how each child was slowly understanding that their grandmother was actually a wolf, and how the children's personalities and ways of thinking had changed because of this. I think that the big picture is that you should be careful who you trust. ( )
  Becca-Friedel | Sep 28, 2016 |
Lon Po Po is a great adaptation of the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story but with a lot of elements of Chinese culture. My favorite aspects of the story are the plot and the characters. The plot is familiar, but it was also new enough to me as a reader that I still didn't know what to expect. For example. the fact that the wolf didn't not want to eat the children, but instead wanted to taste the gingko nuts is a departure from the original story that was unexpected. The characters, which were also different from the original tale, were another element I enjoyed. The characters, Shang, Tao, and Paotze all had different personalities but Shang was my favorite. Being the oldest, she was the wisest of the sisters and saw right through the wolf's disguise and was able to warn her sisters. She came up with the idea to kill the wolf by getting him up the gingko tree. Shang's character was a lot different than the original Little Red since she wasn't fooled by the loft. Instead of being the typical damsel in distress, she was brave and slier than the wolf. The big idea of the story is probably to listen to your parents when they are trying to keep you safe. ( )
  cmcdon13 | Sep 21, 2016 |
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Ed Youngprimary authorall editionscalculated
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paterson, Katherinesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wong, B. D.secondary 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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