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Lon Po Po by Ed Young
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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 tree where they continuously drop him to the ground after convincing him to climb into a basket.

A nice spin on a classic story but showing the intelligence of a woman.
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Madonnasharma Donna, I like the way you see things. I have not read this yet, but it is on my list for several reasons and one is definitely this review. First, I teach ancient civilizations and China is one, so this will fit in perfectly for an introduction to China’s culture. The book description refers to the beautiful three-picture panels that suggest the traditional panel art of China and how well Young incorporates this into the story, thus winning the Caldecott. Secondly, and most importantly, it will certainly make a lively discussion as I point out your take on the original‘s “assumed passivity and helplessness of girls”. I think my 6th graders could do a good job comparing the usual view of woman in China and America and how this has and should be changing. Thank for the insight.


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