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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China Paperback – April 16, 1996
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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 tail into a remarkable work of art and earned the 1990 Caldecott Medal in doing so. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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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.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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In the story a mother is leaving her children alone, who are Shang, Tao, and Paotze. Wolf came by and pretended to be their grandma, PoPo. The setting is in and out of the house. Shang asked the wolf, "Have you tried a gingko nut?" the wolf said, "What is a gingko nut?" Shang explained and the wolf said, "My bones are weak." Then Shang said, "We will pick one for you." Will Shang and her sisters get rid of the wolf?
The author wrote this book so you won't get kidnapped.
I like this book because if you wan to know how to get rid of strangers you can read it.
I would recommend this book to others because if you want strangers not to go to your house, read this book!
If you don't want to get kidnapped, read this book.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars mostly for the artwork. Very beautiful pastels and realistic wolf, yet impressionistic at the same time. The story was an interesting version of the western tale of Little Red-Riding Hood, but it may be scary and/or sad to some children (technically the same could be said about the western Red-Riding Hood story).