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Pippi Goes to School Paperback – July 19, 1999

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Pippi Longstocking's long red braids are the very image of childhood rebellion. In Pippi Goes to School, our heroine's insurrectionary spirit is hardly dampened by her first taste of academe. Her friends Tommy and Annika head off bright and early at 8 a.m., "hand in hand, swinging their schoolbags." Pippi can't be bothered to get going until a little later: "At exactly ten o'clock she lifted her horse off the front porch, and a little later all the people in the town ran to their windows to see what horse it was that was running away." It's just Pippi headed for school in her own inimitable fashion. The teacher's vain attempts to teach her math and art and music fail miserably. When asked to add 7 and 5, she retorts, "If you don't know that yourself, you needn't think I'm going to tell you." It's not that Pippi's naughty, it's just that she has her own way of doing things. At the end of the day, it's she who's consoling the exhausted teacher: "You understand, Teacher, don't you, that when you have a mother who's an angel and father who's a cannibal king, and when you have sailed on the ocean all your whole life, then you don't know just how to behave in school." This slender paperback picture book is neatly adapted from the Astrid Lindgren classic Pippi Longstocking, with assistance from Lindgren herself. Michael Chesworth's lively, modernized illustrations make clever reference to the original edition, without being slavish. (Ages 4 to 8)--Claire Dederer

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141302364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141302362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) created the character of Pippi Longstocking to entertain her daughter. Lindgren was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her contribution to international children's literature.

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I love the Pippi Longstocking books-- love, love, love. Kids and adults both can enjoy them. I ordered this book hoping for something I hadn't read before, and discovered that it's just an excerpt from the first Pippi Longstocking book.
The complete episode in the original book includes a battle of wits between Pippi and a cruel administrator. This excerpt only includes Pippi driving the poor teacher to distraction, and seems like an endorsement of teacher abuse, rather than the triumph of Pippi's generous spirit over a nasty, narrow-minded system. I'll have to throw it away-- I would never give it to any of the kids I know. I guess I'll have to just get them the whole original.
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By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a marvelous way to introduce young readers to the fabulous world of Pippi Longstocking! The illustrations are delightful and the stories are rollicking and full of fun!
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I read this to my six year old twins and it was a great introduction to the Pippi stories. It's a fun picture book that was not too long, making it a perfect bedtime story for young children. My little ones fell in love with Pippi, especially my son who thought she was wonderful and asked that I read the story several nights in a row. Fun illustrations and a humorous story, I look forward to sharing more of Lindgren's stories with my kids.
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This book is supper ! I love Pippi ! I have her Video and DVD. She is the smartest girl in the whole world ! When she got in shool she starts jumping on the desks ! Because she din't know what to do in shool. I really recomend it to buy this book.
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Oh my daughter really loves the Pippi Longstocking books! They were one of the first books we habe bought for her, back than she was just 1 year old if I recollect correctly, so normally way too young to understand whats going on, but they were nice for reading aloud.

Now she is 4 and she starts to read them by herself, or we read them to her in the night.

Goes to school might me just a short story, but as we had bought the Turtleback Edition, it means it will last way longer than most other children books we have bought any one thing is sure, all other books for our kids we will buy, will be Turtleback or something like it. The price difference from special bindings to hardcoder (if available) are so small, that you always should consider them oder the normal hardcover. You get what you paid for.

Ours is still in very very good condition!
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Format: Paperback
All of these books are 32 pages. The content is exactly one chapter from the original book. The wonderful thing is that the books are covered in wonderful pictures, the font is large and are therefore accessible to younger, advanced readers.
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I sent this to my eight year old granddaughter who flew through her first Pipsi Longstocking book and loved it. I did not realize this was just one chapter taken from the original book. Please be aware what you are buying.
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By zoe on October 13, 2014
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wonderful book. My whole family enjoys reading it over and over again.
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