Lon Po Po: Ed Young

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

  • Author/Illustrator: Ed Young

  • Publisher: Philomel

  • Publication Year: 1989

  • Brief Summary: A Chinese retelling of the story Little Red Riding Hood.  Three sisters defend themselves against a wolf who disguises himself as their grandmother.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Unit on folktales/fairytales

    • Folktales vs. ethnic retelling of folktales vs. fractured fairy tales

    • Compare Lon Po Po to Little Red Riding Hood.  What similarities/differences between the stories can the students find?  Compare/contrast the story using a T-chart or Venn diagram.

    • Discuss how Yeh-Shen, another of Young’s books, is a retelling of Cinderella.  What other examples of different ethnic versions of a well-known story do the children know?

    • Discuss the story from the wolf’s point of view…how might he retell the story differently?

    • Use of colors in this story…what kind of mood do the illustrations create?

    • Talk about foreshadowing — do students see the wolf/woman image on the title information page?  How about on the first page of the story?  How does Young use these images to signal that all is not right?

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Text-to-text connections

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.:

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