Monday, March 25, 2013

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
translated from the Swedish by Florence Lamborn
illustrated by Nancy Seligsohn
Scholastic September 1973
116 pages, paperback

Tommy and Annika are intrigued by their new neighbor in Villa Villekulla. She doesn't behave like any other kid they have ever known. She is much more exciting! She doesn't have any parents!  Her mother had died when she was just a tiny baby  and "Pippa was sure that her mother was now up in Heaven, watching her little girl through a peephole in the sky". Her father was a sea captain who had disappeared overboard in a storm but Pippi knew he hadnot drowned. She believed he had "floated until he landed on an island inhabited by cannibals...and he had become the king of all the cannibals". Until he came back she would live on her own in their old house. She would be just fine: she had a suitcase full of gold, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and she's the strongest person in the world!
This classic is such a fun book to read again and again. It is especially fun to read aloud to young children. Despite it being written nearly 70 years ago and in a whole other part of the world, you can't help but feel the adventurous and independent spirit of Pippi Longstocking.
And if you don't mind dubbed movies, be sure to watch the film from the early 1980's. It combines elements of all the books but is fairly entertaining in it's own right!

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