Since last week we celebrated Chinese New Year, I thought we would continue with the Chinese theme this week. I chose the Caldecott Award Winner Lon PoPo, a Chinese Red Riding Hood written and illustrated by Ed Young. PoPo is Chinese for grandmother.
I can see why this won the Caldecott award as the illustrations really help create that erie atmosphere to fit the storyline. Maybe it is the artwork but I do find this book a little creepier than the original Little Red Riding Hood and probably would not read to a Kindergarten class. That being said, there are some funny parts too. The essential story line is that the mother of three Chinese children, leaves to take food to their sick grandmother. The wolf overhears the mother leaving and decides to dress up as the grandmother so that they will let him into their home. The children fall for the trick at first but in the end, they outsmart that mean old wolf.
If you have time, it might be interesting to also read the award winning book Little Red Riding Hood retold and illustrated by Tina Scharthyman. This is the original version by the Grimm brothers and actually has the grandmother getting eaten and then saved by the woodsman. Compare and contrast not only the stories but the illustrations. Which author/illustrator does a better job of conveying the mood of the story?
I am starting another new series on my blog called The Pinterest Test. I have become completely obsessed with Pinterest! To motivate me to actually try the things that I've pinned, I am going to test them and give you my opinion on everything from recipes to crafts to cleaning tips. Be sure to check back soon.