Lon Po Po
Illustrated and Written by Ed Young
bookAnnounce to the students the name of the book, its author, and the award winning illustrator. Then read the book aloud to your students, showing the illustrations as you read. Show the illustrations again. Ask students to state their opinions about how the art adds to the enjoyment of the story and discuss the technique used to create the illustrations.


photograph of Ed Young
"A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words; they are complimentary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."
Ed Young

Ed Young was born in China on November 28, 1931. His family moved around a lot to escape the wartime invasion by the Japanese. After the family settled in Shanghai, Mr. Young remembers having a happy childhood. The war created many restictions, but his family enjoyed life.

As a young boy, Ed read everything he could find - comics, picture books, short stories, novels, detective stories, and magazines. He made up many plays and drawings, but he didn't work very hard in school. He knew even then that he wanted to do something artistic with his life.

After first moving to Hong Kong, Ed Young came to the United States, where he went to art school to study architecture. He felt this was practical. He also took art courses and discovered he liked art better than architecture. He worked in advertising until the early 1960s.

Mr. Young illustrated other people's stories for about 10 years before he began to do some of his own writing. he draws inspiration from many things, especially nature and the folklore of his native China.

He currently lives with his wife in Hastings-on-Hudson, in New York. He goes back to china once a year to visit his family there.

Remember - finger with string tied around itRemember... the best way to download any of the files on this page is to right click on the link, then choose "Save Target As." Now decide where on your computer you want to save the file, and then click "Save." AFTER you have saved it to your computer then double click to open the file. You must have the program that the file is made in to be able to open it. For example, if it is the Kidspiration Story Map you must have Kidspiration on your computer.
panel picture from Lon Po Po
Panel Pictures
  • Examine the drawings in Lon Po Po. Pay attention to how Mr. Young uses color both to fill the page and to create a mood.
  • Students illustrate a favorite part or character from the story on a piece or drawing or construction paper.
  • Using a ruler, divide the picture into three parts - one wide and two narrow. Now cut the pieces apart and glue to the another sheet of construction paper, leaving a small space between each piece.
  • Make a narrow red line around each picture piece.

This art activity can also be done digitally with students creating the picture in Kid Pix 3 and then printing and following the above directions to create a panel picture for their Literature Pocket.

Lon Po Po and Little Red Riding Hood

bookThere are many versions of Little Red Riding Hood around the world. Students compare and contrast Lon Po Po with the familiar version of the fairy tale.

  • Reread Lon Po Po. List the main story elements on the chalkboard/overhead.
  • Read a version of Little Red Riding Hood. Again, list the main story elements on the chalkboard/overhead.
  • Discuss with students some of the ways in which the stories are similar and some of the ways in which they are different.
  • Students should use the Venn Diagram template (right click to download, save, then open in PowerPoint) to compare and contrast the two stories. Then print copies for their Literature Pocket. Click here to see a sample with possible answers (PPT files).
Lon Po Po and three girls
Lon Po Po Came to Our House

bookWhen Mother returned home the next morning, the girls had quite a tale to tell her. Students put themselves in the shoes of the girls as they write the events of the story.

  • Recall what happened between the wolf and the girls. Ask students to think about what the girls might tell their mother. What might they keep a secret?
  • Click here to download the writing paper (right click to download, save, then open in PowerPoint). Students pretend to be one of the girls and write what they would say to Mother.
  • Print the story for the literature pocket.
Lon Po Po book cover
Lon Po Po Links

bookListed below you will find links to games, activities, lesson plans, and websites about the Caldecott Award Winner, Lon Po Po by Ed Young. Use these to help enrich your Literature Pocket.

Computer LonPoPo Vocabulary Word Search Computer LonPoPo Hangman Game
Computer LonPoPo Games Computer LonPoPo Quiz
Computer LonPoPo CyberLesson Computer LonPoPo Lesson Plan at Teachervision.com
Computer LonPoPo at Scholastic.com Computer LonPoPo Unit Plan
Computer China at abcteach.com Computer Creative Connections for LonPoPo
Computer China hotlinks ComputerChinese Inventions Word Search
Computer Chinese Papercuts Computer Visions of China
Computer Searching for China WebQuest (middle/high school) Computer Internet Public Library Kidspace - Little Red Riding Hood
Computer How a Wolf Communicates Computer
Activities and ideas from Evan-Moor Literature Pockets, Caldecott Winners Grades 4-6 (EMC2702)
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