Lon Po Po by: Ed Young

Grade Level:  Fourth Grade

About the Author:
Ed Young was born in China, but he later moved to the United States.  He has written four books and illustrated over forty books.  

Before Reading: 
Do you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood?
 Click here to hear Mother Goose read Little Red Riding Hood
Lon Po Po is a Chinese variation of the Little Red Riding Hood story that most of us are used to. Why would different versions of the same tale exist?  Do you know of other stories that have different versions?
Have you ever tasted a gingko nut?
Well, if you have never tasted a gingko nut, have you ever seen one?
 Click here to see and read about Gingko Nuts
Why would Lon Po Po have gingko nuts in it? How do you think they would be used in the story?

During Reading:
When you are reading, think about the differences and similarities that exist between the familiar version and the Chinese version. Also, think about the setting, plot, characters, conflict, resolution, and whatever else you find interesting. 

Response Activity:
Did you understand Lon Po Po?
Test yourself on your Lon Po Po knowledge!
Click here take a quiz
Was the quiz difficult?  Do you think you need to reread the book?
Were there new words in Lon Po Po?
Review the vocabulary that was in Lon Po Po.
Click here to do a word search
Did you know all of the words in the search?  Was the vocabulary in Lon Po Po difficult?
Did you see the similarities and differences between 
Lon Po Po and Little Red Riding Hood?
Write a paper comparing the traditional version of 
Little Red Riding Hood and Lon Po Po

Be sure to include the areas you thought about while you read!  Do not forget to follow the grading rubric.  Also, evaluate your own paper using a self-evaluation form.  Print out the evaluation form, answer the questions, and hand it in with your paper.

Ed Young has a special dedication in the beginning of Lon Po Po.  It states:
                                     "To all the wolves of the world
                                       for lending their good name
                                       as a tangible symbol
                                       for our darkness"
Learn about wolves and the way they are represented in literature by clicking here.  Why would Ed Young choose to write this dedication in the book?  Do you think wolves deserve the reputation they have acquired over time?

Book sharing:
Lon Po Po won many awards when it was published.  One of those awards was the Caldecott Medal in 1990.  Try reading other Caldecott Medal winners. 

How Much do you know about China?
facts provided by www.funfacts.co.uk

Did you know that China uses does not use the same alphabet that we use?  We have 26 characters in our alphabet, but China has over 40,000 characters in their script.  Since there are differences, some translations from English to Chinese does not translate the way we would like it.  For example, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan "finger-lickin' good" was translated into "eat your fingers off."  Click here to translate your name into the Chinese Language.

Did you know that more people speak English in China than in the United States? Chinese is China's official language, and the majority of people in the United States speak English.  Why do you think that China has more people that speak English than the United States?  Click here to explore a reason for that fact.

Did you know that the toothbrush was invented in 1498 in China? The toothbrush we use today is different than the one created in the fifteenth century, but the modern toothbrush still uses bristles.  Click here to see other inventions from China.
Did you know that China uses a different calendar than we use? Where we celebrate the New Year on January 1st every year, the Chinese New Year's date varies.  The Chinese calendar follows the phases of the moon and the path of the sun.  The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice.  Click here to learn more about the Chinese calendar.
Did you know that China is home to the largest man-made object in the world? The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object that can be seen from outer space.  Construction began on the wall in the seventh century to keep invaders out of China.  Click here to go on a virtual tour of The Great Wall.
Did you know that there is a lot more information on China out there? China is a country that has a long history and a rich culture.  Try exploring on your own about the people, art, and food that China has to offer.  You will find that there are always more interesting areas to explore.

Created by Melinda Murphy