Read-Aloud: LON PO PO by Ed Young

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Yesterday was the "Academy Awards of the Book World," where award winners for the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and more were chosen.

I was reminded of the gorgeous 1990 Caldecott winner centered around Little Red Riding Hood, the Chinese retelling of LON PO PO.

The artwork is gorgeous, and the story is spine-chillingly good, keeping young readers at the edge of their chairs as they wait to hear what happens to three young sisters after a wolf impersonating Po Po (their grandmother), stops by for a "friendly visit."

There are similarities to the version of Little Red we all know and love, but also some unique changes, as well.

I was excited to find the following video on YouTube, where an Education Major reads LON PO PO out loud in its entirety.  Gather your children around the computer, or sit back and watch it yourself.  LON PO PO is unique and can't be missed!

YouTube Link
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  LON PO PO
Author: Ed Young
Release Date: Out Nov. 1, 1989
Publisher: Penguin / Philomel Books
Received: Borrowed

Award-winning artist Ed Young illustrates, with characteristic flair and energy, the ancient Chinese version of the favorite fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood". Young's vibrant, yet delicate, pastels and watercolors add drama to the deftly translated story. "An extraordinary and powerful book".--Publishers Weekly. Full color. 1990 Caldecott Medal book.