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

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  11,280 ratings  ·  639 reviews
"Not for the faint-hearted, Lon Po Po (Grandmother Wold), is a tale of a menacing danger and courage....(Young's) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator's best efforts." --Booklist"Absolutely splendid." -- Kirkuse Reviews. "An extraordinary and power ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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“Lon Po Po” is a Caldecott Medal winning book by Ed Young that is a remake of Brothers Grimm’s classic “Red Riding Hood,” only this time, there are three sisters who outwit a cunning wolf in this tale. “Lon Po Po” may be a bit too scary for smaller children because of the images, but older children will easily love this story that is full of mystery and suspense.

Ed Young has done a great job at writing and illustrating this old Chinese folktale about how three sisters outwit a cunning and frigh
Lon Po Po is another book I wanted to check out because it made the Top 20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books list. I love the creepy wolf on the cover. I think Ed Young loves wolves too because he puts a dedication at the beginning of the book.

To all the wolves of the world
for lending their good name
as a tangible symbol
for our darkness

This is an old Chinese folk tale called Granny Wolf. The illustration is excellent, and I loved the old world feeling the book had. Lon Po Po may be bit too creepy
Henry Martin
An interesting cautionary tale in the style of 'Little Red' from China. Unlike the western version, this one has a different ending where the children outwit the wolf. The illustrations accompanying the text are wonderful, and match the text well.
NS- Sarah
This is a version of the "The Little Red Riding Hood" from China about three siblings whose mother leaves to visit their grandmother. This book is a 1990 Caldecott Medal winner. The wolf sees the mother leave and approaches the house pretending to be the grandmother. In the end, the children out smart the wolf by tricking him into climbing a tree with them. The wolf falls to his death and the children return safely to their home. Upon their mother's return they enlighten her about how they escap ...more
Lon Po Po, which means “granny wolf” in Chinese, is the Chinese retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. A mother leaves her three daughters—Shang, Tao, and Paotze—home alone when she sets out to visit their grandmother. The wolf dresses up as the grandmother and gains entrance to the family home soon thereafter. When the girls realize the wolf is not their grandmother, they use the lure of gingko nuts to trick the gluttonous wolf, allowing them to climb the gingko tree. Telli ...more
Erin Ramai
I gave this book a 4 star rating. Lon Po Po won a Caldecott medal in 1990. The illustrations combine ancient Chinese panel art with contemporary watercolors and pastels. The reading level of this book is appropriate for children aged 4-8, but can be enjoyed as a read aloud with younger children and as a trip down memory lane for older readers. However, reader be warned, it is slightly morbid.

Lon Po Po is a red riding hood story from China. It fits into both the multicultural and traditional cat
Jennifer Tarr
This Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood provides a direct contrast to the original Grimm version--the teacher in me could envision the Venn Diagrams straight away! While the wolf antagonist, theme of caution, and children's observation skills remains the same, most other points differ. In this version, the mother leaves to visit the grandmother, the wolf comes to the children's home, the children outsmart the wolf and save themselves. The author and illustrator, Ed Young, born and raised ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Kirei rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kindergarteners and early elementary
This is a Chinese fairy tale. A mother leaves her three daughters alone and a wolf visits them pretending to be their Po Po (Grandmother). After thinking it is their granny, one of them catches a glimpse of the wolf's face. They then trick the wolf and the wolf ends up dying. Their mother comes homes and they live happily ever after.

The illustrations are dreamy and quity scary.

A funny story: My son looked at the picture with three daughters and said, "But in China, they're only supposed to hav
Jaclyn Kruljac
Lon Po Po is a Chinese adaptation of the traditional Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, a mother leaves her three daughters home alone while setting out to visit grandma. A cunning wolf sees the mother leave and impersonates the grandmother by dressing up like her. The wolf gets into bed and invites the girls. The girls notice that grandmother is really a wolf and climb a tree for gingko nuts. The girls trick the wolf into climbing the tree and he falls out of the tree to his death. This v ...more
Reggie Overton
A Chinese spin on a traditional tale we all grew up with and love. The story has many similarities to the original but intriguing differences. It is a story of suspense, wit, and mild humor as we follow along. The book is hardcover and it acquired a Caldecott award from some very unique illustrations. Usually we are presented the story of little red riding hood in a bright colorful forest with day time illustrations, this story however is quite the contrary. It is dark beautiful and majestic, yo ...more
This is a great version of Little Red Riding Hood that won the Caldecott award in 1990. Some differences in this version compared to the original are that there are three characters compared to the one. Another difference is in the illustrations. The art in this story is very dark and shadowy. If you look closely at many of the pictures you can see the ominous eyes of the wolf. I have read this book in print for and have listened to the audio version as well. The audio version of this story is j ...more

Lon Po Po is a picture book for older readers (or younger readers, with support) that won the Caldecott Medal in 1990. Lon Po Po, as the cover describes, is a Red Riding Hood story from China. In Lon Po Po, the protagonist is not one girl but three young children and the problem is not that they have to travel through the woods to their grandmother's house but that they are left alone at home when their mother leaves to travel to their grandmother's house. Soon enough, the children hear
Debbie Reiber
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young is a folklore book. The book won the Randolph Caldecott medal in 1990. The age group this book is intended for is primary to intermediate. The book is about a wolf trying to fool children, but in the end the children fooled and killed him.
The book takes on the theme of good versus bad. The children were tricked by the evil wolf; but once they figured out it was the wolf, they tricked the wolf. The book showed cultural aspects, such as t
Lon Po Po is a beautiful story offered by Ed Young. It is a Chinese traditional tale that is very similar to the Western Little Red Riding Hood. Three young children outwit a wolf who has come to eat them up while there mother is out visiting their grandmother.

This story suggests that being calm and quick on your feet is a worthy trait that we should aspire towards. The illustrations bring an intense sense of danger and fear. The colors and light force us to dread the sight of the wolf until th
Lon Po Po is a Caldecott award winning version of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. This version, and the author/illustrator, are from China. The beautiful water color and pastel illustrations, often told in a series of panels that alternate visuals with text, relate the story of three daughters who are left alone while their mother travels to visit grandmother for her birthday. The children are cautioned to lock the doors at sunset and to not allow strangers into the house. Of course, a crafty w ...more
This is a wonderful variation of the classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Instead of one girl alone in the woods being tricked by a smart wolf, this story has three siblings at home alone. This is the Chinese version. Lon Po Po is a Caldecott Award Winner. The children in the story are home alone while their mother goes to visit their Po Po. Along comes a clever and hungry wolf who disguises himself as their Po Po. The wolf is invited in and the children entertain the thought he is their dear po po. ...more
This Chinese tale is thought to be over 1,000 years old and is similar to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. A mom leaves to Grandma's for an overnight visit and tells her three children, "Remember to close the door tight at sunset and latch it well." A wolf comes in the night and tricks the children into letting him in by pretending to be the grandmother. When the oldest realizes it is the wolf, she quickly forms a plan and the three children hide in a tree outside the house. In the end, they ...more
Rachael LaRochelle
Lon Po Po is a story about a mother and her three children that live out in the country. One night the mother has to leave the children alone for the night to visit Granny, her mother. The mother tells the children to lock the door tight and soon after she leaves, the children hear a knock at the door from someone claiming to be Granny PoPo. The children let Granny in, but it is not Granny it is the wolf dressed up like Granny come to eat the kids. They figure it out and escape the wolf.
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Mrs. Van
In this Caldecott Award winning Chinese version of the tale of Red Riding Hood, three sisters face the wolf while their mother has gone to visit Po Po (grandma). Ed Young was both the author and illustrator. He dedicates the book "to all the wolves of the world for lending their good name as a tangible symbol for our darkness". I appreciate that sentiment. It is a good lead in for discussions on symbolism and the fair treatment of said symbols with older students.

From the front cover to the back
I have mixed feelings on this one. The story is a good rendition of the Red Riding Hood tale, though obviously there are three girls and no red hood, but the cross-dressing wolf who tries to explain away his claws and tail is still present. The problem is I found the illustrations a bit terrifying, frankly. While the girls do win (not the case in all Red Riding Hood tales), there is a nightmarish quality to the illustrations that's hard to shake. They're beautiful, the individual panes on one pa ...more
Clare Wojda
1. Genre - Traditional Literature
2. Awards - Caldecott Medal
3. Grade Level - K-2
4. This book would be a great way to get the students active and excited about slight differences in the same story. The book would be read in class, perhaps along with "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" to show the students that there are many different versions of a tale that has been told for sometimes hundreds of years. After that, the students would be separated into assigned small groups and each given a
Brittany Lee
Genre- Multicultural
Awards- Caldecott Medal
Grade Level- 3-4

This is a great book to show the students that there are different ways to tell a story. It is very important to teach students at a young age that there are different sides and views to stories. By comparing this story to Little Red Ridinghood, the children are able to see how someone took an origional story and turned it into their own. This book could also be used with older students as an introduction to the text structure-compare an
This book was a Chinese spin off of Little Red Riding Hood. It was different because there were three children and they never left their home. The Wolf still came disguised as their Po Po or grandmother and snuggled up in the bed together. The eldest child discovered their Po Po was really a wolf and tricked him into getting pulled up into a gingko tree. The children got him all the way to the top and dropped him and killed him. This story had a lot more words than normal picture books to and th ...more
This version of the well known tale of Little Red Riding Hood. This book I enjoyed because of the illustrations. My children loved reading this book with me. This book becomes great for reading and using as a compare and contrast lesson. Students would be forced to read closely to find similarities and differences. Great resource for an intermediate grade level.
Jan 03, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a unique version of "Little Red Riding Hood," where the wolf comes to visit the little girls while their Mom is visiting Grandma (or "Po Po"). It is an interesting story, and although it might be a little scary for our girls, they really liked it. It's a wonderful book to read aloud at storytime. Great illustrations!

Mar 2012 update: We watched this story on DVD as part of Scholastic's Storybook Treasures. The story is not truly animated, but the illustrations are shown with various zoomi
Jun 12, 2014 Zaya added it
I don't remember when I read this book but I remember that I read it in 3 grade. It was a very interesting book and before I read it I thought it would be like other red riding hood story but it was unique from the other stories.
I liked the illustrations for this book, but I'm not sure they are well suited for young children. Some of the images are a little frightening, especially certain ones of the wolf. I thought the children were rather resourceful, if not a little indifferent at times. I mean, if some of those things had happened to me, I would not go to bed peacefully, I'd still be shaking from the encounter. I'd probably recommend this book with a disclaimer about the scariness. But I did think it was an interest ...more
A Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood with a twist. The story makes heriones of the girls (3 sisters) when they concoct a plan to trick the wolf. Their mother goes off to visit their grandmother for the day and leaves them alone. The wolf has been watching and goes to the door pretending to be their grandmother.Some of the original lines are still present "Why Grandma, what big eyes you have" but in the end the girls are triumphant in destroying the wolf's plan. They lure him outside to a ...more
Lauren Ritcey
Genre: Multicultural
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Grade Level: K-2
Comments: I would have this book in my classroom so that I could show my students how stories differ around the world. I would read Lon Po Po and Little Red Riding Hood back to back and then after that have the kids tell me what differences they have found in the stories. This could also transition into all sorts of folk tales that have many versions. After we have read a few stories, I would have them pick their favorite and then chang
Stephanie Delvecchio
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Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Among his books is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
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“To all the wolves of the world for lending their good name as a tangible symbol for our darkness.” 7 likes
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