Heidi's Reviews > Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Lon Po Po by Ed Young
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Mar 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books

Summary: 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 tale into a remarkable work of art and earned the 1990 Caldecott Medal in doing so. Thanks Goodreads!

Reading Level: 2nd-4th grade

Genre: Picture Book

Use: Read Aloud & Independent Reading

Social Issues: The mother leaves her 3 young children home alone.

Literary Terms: The setting of this book is key. The setting is China, which makes it different than the story of Little Red Riding Hood that I know. Because the setting is China, the way the wolf dies is different.

Text/Images: The illustrations are simple but go along with the text nicely.

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