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The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful nine-year-old girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun, but a more generous child you won't find anywhere. Astrid Lindgren has created a unique and lovable carrot-topped character, inspiring generations of children to want to be Pippi. The first Pippi Longstocking was published in America in 1950, and this fine, newly illustrated collection includes Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Seas. Pippi makes reading pure pleasure. (Ages 7 to 10)
About the Author
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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What are some of Pippi’s more questionable habits? There is her penchant for making up stories, talking back to adults, and playing hooky from school. When Pippi first meets neighbors Tommy and Annika, she is walking backwards. In explaining her actions, Pippi declares, “Can’t a person walk any way she wants to? For that matter, let me tell you that in Egypt everyone walks that way, and nobody thinks it the least strange.” Annika reprimands her, saying it’s wicked to lie. Pippi looks sad and explains that she forgets once and awhile about the need to be honest. How could one expect anything different from a child whose mother is an angel, whose father is a cannibal, and who herself has sailed on the ocean all her life? As the two children become friends with Pippi, they come to realize that Pippi doesn’t always tell lies. When she does, it’s usually to weave a story for fun or make a point to a stranger. That leads me to her habit of talking back to adults. One day a stranger comes to Villa Villekulla and starts making plans to tear it down. When Annika and Tommy implore him to not chop down their old oak, he retorts that he doesn’t climb trees but also brushes off their concern because he intends to buy the place. When he finally starts a conversation with Pippi, he insults her red hair. Pippi in turn asks him, “Do you know in what way we are alike?” Then she tells him, “Both of us have big mouths. Except me.” Some might say that children should be seen and not heard; others might say the stranger deserved her back talk. Last, there is her truancy. Soon after Annika and Tommy meet Pippi, they convince her to attend school with them. The teacher tries to teach arithmetic to Pippi, but Pippi doesn’t understand how seven and five can equal twelve while at the same time eight and four can also equal twelve. Having tried to explain the rules of spelling to students, I can understand Pippi’s confusion: education doesn’t always make sense. Next, the teacher tries to teach reading to Pippi, but Pippi doesn’t understand how a letter that looks like a line with a fly speck over top can be an “i.” Both the teacher and Pippi decide that school is not the right choice for her. Is this ever a choice that should be made in the real word for children? No. Sometimes one has to just relax and enjoy a book’s fantasies.
What are ways in which Pippi is the perfect role model? Pippi is always a good friend. Moreover, despite her somewhat flippant attitude with adults, she is kind and courageous. How is Pippi a good friend? She regularly surprises Annika and Tommy with treats, especially at the bottom of her oak tree. When her two friends are sick and stuck indoors, Pippi climbs outside their window and amuses them. In the third book, she invites them to vacation with her in the South Seas. When they return too late for Christmas, she decorates her house and blesses them with gifts. How is Pippi kind? During a shopping spree, a large crowd of children gather to watch her in the candy store. While the children’s parents probably don’t feel great about Pippi having fed their children enough candy to make them sick, the children sure learned to keep watch for her. Pippi next proceeds to the toy store, where she bought a little of everything to distribute to the children. Pippi isn’t just tender-hearted to children. One day, two burglars attempt to rob her. After they apologize, Pippi takes pity on them. She asks them to dance with her, then feeds them food, and even allows them to take one gold piece each. How is Pippi courageous? When the town’s Skyscraper caught on fire and trapped two children, Pippi tied a rope to a nearby tree and then placed a board between the tree and the house. Without blinking an eye, Pippi walked across the board and rescued the two boys.
Few of us have the strength to attempt the latter feat. Most of us don’t have bags of gold that allows us to buy up the town. However, we can do right by our friends, stand up to mean people, and use our imagination to enrich our lives. In these ways, Pippi serves as an example of how to act. As for those other ways, well, isn’t it fun to pretend?
I do appreciate the more jovial paintings and drawings than the original illustrations in the version I had while growing up.
The text has some phrasing that is just slightly awkward to me (Canadian-born but grow up in both Canada and USA) but it's not intrusive to the story, and understandable given the book is actually a translation from the original anyhow.
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