Red Riding Hood really gets around!

January 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China translated and illustrated by Ed Young; published by Philomel Books, New York; 1989.

Young’s pastel images are dark and shadowy, lending an ominous air to the scary story of Lon Po Po, the wolf who tried to trick the children but ended up with a shattered heart.  The illustrations at the beginning of the story are in narrow panels, as though looking at traditional Chinese story panels.  As fear of the wolf grows, so do the panels; but then they shrink again as the children defeat the evil wolf.  I would use this in an exploration of the different Cinderella stories from around the world (with older elementary students) or in a box or pathfinder with the same theme.

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Entry filed under: Caldecott Award or Honor Book, Folklore or Fairy Tales, Picture Book. Tags: , , , , , , .

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