Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
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Annotation: Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Genre: [Fairy tales]
Catalog Number: #179995
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 1989
Edition Date: 1996
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-698-11382-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01009-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-698-11382-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01009-3
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 88015222
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
This version of the Red Riding Hood story from Young ( The Emperor and the Kite ; Cats Are Cats ; Yeh-Shen ) features three daughters left at home when their mother goes to visit their grandmother. Lon Po Po, the Granny Wolf, pretends to be the girls' grandmother, until clever Shang, the eldest daughter, suspects the greedy wolf's real identity. Tempting him with ginkgo nuts, the girls pull him in a basket to the top of the tree in which they are hiding, then let go of the rope--killing him. One of Young's most arresting illustrations accompanies his dedication: ``To all the wolves of the world for lending their good name as a tangible symbol for our darkness.'' Like ancient Oriental paintings, the illustrations are frequently grouped in panels. When the girls meet the wolf, e.g., the left panel focuses on their wary faces peering out from the darkness, the middle enlarges the evil wolf's eye and teeth, and the third is a vivid swirl of the blue clothes in which the wolf is disguised. The juxtaposition of abstract and realistic representations, the complicated play of color and shadow, and the depth of the artist's vision all help transform this simple fairy tale into an extraordinary and powerful book. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-- A gripping variation on Red Riding Hood that involves three little sisters who outsmart the wolf ( lon or long in Cantonese) who has gained entry to their home under the false pretense of being their maternal grandmother ( Po Po ). The clever animal blows out the candle before the children can see him , and is actually in bed with them when they start asking the traditional ``Why, Grandma!'' questions. The eldest realizes the truth and tricks the wolf into letting them go outside to pick gingko nuts , and then lures him to his doom. The text possesses that matter-of-fact veracity that characterizes the best fairy tales. The watercolor and pastel pictures are remarkable: mystically beautiful in their depiction of the Chinese countryside, menacing in the exchanges with the wolf, and positively chilling in the scenes inside the house. Overall, this is an outstanding achievement that will be pored over again and again.--John Philbrook, San Francisco Pub . Lib .
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Word Count: 1,145
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 5523 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q07044
Lexile: 670L
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

This Caldecott Medal-winning, classic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood is one of the most celebrated picture books of our time.

With characteristic flair and energy, award-winning artist Ed Young illustrates the ancient Chinese version of the favorite fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Young's vibrant, yet delicate, pastels and watercolors add drama to the deftly translated story.
★ ''A gripping variation of Red Riding Hood. This is an outstanding achievement that will be pored over again and again." —School Library Journal, starred review

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