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Pippi Långstrump är den starkaste och snällaste och roligaste och rikaste flickan i hela världen. Hon bor alldeles ensam i Villa Villekulla med sin häst och sin apa Herr Nilsson. En hel kappsäck full med gullpengar har hon också. I huset bredvid bor Tommy och Annika, och sedan Pippi flyttade in har allt blivit mycket roligare!

Title : Pippi Longstocking
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ISBN : 9780142402498
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Pippi Longstocking Reviews

  • Elyse
    2019-05-22 11:28

    I'm in bed - again -today with some type of nasty bug - a relapse from last week...a traveling flu bug? cold? allergies? It's now in my chest...Right when I'm reading the interview on Goodreads from Fredrick Backman about his new-HIT- novel BEARTOWN - my doorbell rings. A delivery guy brought a huge vase of flowers from our daughter, Katy. Tomorrow is Mother's Day! (sweet daughter)Paul got the door - brought the flowers to the nightstand next to my bed. I told Paul what I had just read about Fredrick Backman. ( brought back memories for us)When Backman was asked what his favorite books were, he said...."his biggest hero is Astrid Lindgren who wrote "Pippi Longstocking" and his favorite book of all time "The Brothers Lionheart".....,( a book I'm now curious to read myself).....Paul and I immediately started thinking about our daughter who played the title role of Pippi Longstocking in the world premiere Bay Area musical when she was 11 years old. While looking at my mother's Day flowers from our 35 year old daughter.... Fredrick brought back an abundance of memories. The copy of this book is packed away in a keepsake box. It's filled with lots signatures from cast members... congrats- luv notes from mom & dad.The play was performed at The Montgomery theater - downtown San Jose. Tons of production work went into a 'new pre-premier' musical. In the opening scene ....Katy had those red funny looking braids in her hair -A red and white striped T-shirt.... Red and white striped leggings... and roller skates on her feet. The stage was empty... The opening musical number begins with her skating onto the stage singing a very catchy solo tune - long run-together-rhythmic- sentences singing - while skating - that she is "Pippi Longstocking", The strongest Little Girl in the World"... The play followed the book - plus music. -- Great story... with a monkey - a horse - and two best friends. Great cast - fun show - lots of happiness from everyone. There is one very sad part of this memory. About six months after this show ended - the director ( not musical director), died of AIDS. It was the very first person that our daughter knew who died of AIDS. He was a young talented wonderful man. Before he died...( a couple of weeks before)..... there was a huge "life celebration" in Don's honor. Don was in a wheelchair at Vasona Park. Families and friends, people in his theater world kids in the Pippi show all came. I remember like yesterday. Still brings tears to my eyes. -- so.... Pippi was the last play he directed too! If I had not read "The Goodreads", interview with *Fredrick Backman*, today ( mail backed up for weeks)....I would have missed this recall memory....Thank you .... for those who read this.Wishing ALL THE CARETAKERS of children ... and Mothers everywhere a HAPPY MOTHER'S day tomorrow!!!!

  • Annet
    2019-06-16 13:31

    I used to feel connected to Pippi as a kid. Because I had red/orange hair ;-) I was even called Pippi Langkous (the Dutch translation) sometimes then.. I swear I have this photo of myself as a kid, spitting image then, now my hair is white/orange mixed, I'm sure Pippi would have the same as an older and still eccentric lady? :-) I remember my mother, when I was a little kid, used to deck me out in a two piece suit, skirt and jacket and top it off with red stockings. I really used to hate that, didn't dare go out of the house LOL. And she made two ponytails sticking out of my head... Pippi revived :-) Most of all I loved her adventurous, free spirit. I have named our house 'Villa Kakelbont'.Lovely adventures, great stories! Astrid Lindgren really wrote great children's books, so adventurous, so out of the box. Loved the tv series too.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-21 15:43

    I think Swedish schools today are far too influenced by Astrid Lindgren's most famous character!There is not a single person in this country who doesn't know the story of how Pippi Långstrump started school. Her friends Tommy and Annika told her that they get to have a "Christmas break", and Pippi, always staying home on her own, and therefore not entitled to a "break", thinks that is unfair. "Orättvist" is by far the word I hear most often in my conversations with Swedish adolescents, and it always refers to their sense of egotistical justice - "I have all the rights, and none of the duties!"Pippi, in any case, goes to school to be able to participate in the holidays, and she does it in the modern Swedish way: arriving whenever it suits her, shouting out her opinions and comments without being asked, questioning the content of the lessons and the authority of her far too kind and meek teacher, and then leaving again when she considers she has had enough. Well, this was a fun imaginary school situation in Sweden in 1945, when Astrid Lindgren wrote the story, and it still is in most of the rest of the world (at least in the school systems I know). In Sweden, this is exactly what it is like to go to school nowadays!And in a class of 30 students, we have more than half a class of Pippi characters, and some shy, intimidated Tommys and Annikas, trying their best to learn while the Pippis do whatever they feel like.I am a die-hard fan of Astrid Lindgren, she is the only author I know almost entirely by heart, and I wouldn't want to change the fictional character of Pippi one bit!But I am a bit worried that this has become reality - and as so often when fiction turns into truth, there are some scary elements. Putting the child in focus, and empowering it, is a beautiful idea, but we need some rules and boundaries for the Pippis of the world. The Swedish children of today are growing up believing that they can make up whatever answers they want and get away with it (5+7=67 or something, says Pippi!), and that justice means to get the best deal out of each argument without any duties or responsibilities attached.The students have become too lazy to actually read Pippi Longstocking as an effect. So, for the love of learning and literature, I would like Pippi to go back to school!And take her feet off the table...

  • Manny
    2019-06-01 13:51

    Since I love Scandinavian authors and review many Swedish and Norwegian novels, I'm often asked what the best language is if you're planning to read one in translation. It's early days yet, but I'm starting to feel more and more certain that the answer is German. Just like Komet im Mumintal, which I read last year, Pippi Langstrumpf was an absolute winner and felt 100% authentic. It was exactly like reading it in Swedish: the melody of the sentences was the same, the word-play was the same, and, most important, Pippi's voice was the same. In English, it somehow doesn't quite work, and she often comes across as bratty or insane. Here, the spell is never broken. She is the coolest, bravest, funniest person in the world; Tommy and Annika can't help loving her with all their little hearts, and neither could I. If you can't appreciate this wonderful book in the original, read it in German and you'll hardly miss anything at all. Heja Pippi! And, by the way, thank you for telling all those amazing barefaced lies. It's totally put me in the right frame of mind for writing the project proposal I'm supposed to be finishing this evening. I guess I'd better get back to doing that.

  • Manybooks
    2019-05-26 15:41

    Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking (originally published in Swedish as Pippi Långstrump in 1945) is likely one of the most well-known and famous Swedish children's books of all time; it has been translated into more than 50 languages and is still globally loved and admired. The original concept for the novel originated in 1944, when Astrid Lindgren's then seven year old daughter was ill with pneumonia and Lindgren told her imaginative stories about a fantastical and mischievous little girl named Pippi Longstocking. The stories were thus originally orally transmitted and might have remained so, if Astrid Lindgren herself had not hurt her ankle later that same year. While she was recuperating, she decided to put the Pippi Longstocking stories to paper. One of the manuscripts she presented to her daughter as a birthday present, the other she sent to a Swedish publishing house (Bonnier). Bonnier rejected the manuscript, but as in the meantime, Astrid Lindgren had won second place for a traditional girls' story in a writing competition sponsored by renowned Swedish publisher Rabén & Sjörgen, she decided to rewrite the "Pippi Longstocking" manuscript and submit it to the same competition and awards committee (for the following year); Lindgren's story promptly won first prize, and the novel was published as Pippi Långstrump by Rabén & Sjörgen. Not only do I find the history of the origins and publication details of Pippi Longstocking fascinating for their own sake, the whole and entire fact that the Pippi stories originated as oral tales also shows that oral tradition is alive and well, that oral story-telling has not been all that greatly diminished by books, by the written tradition (that oral story telling still engenders, still often is the birthplace of the written word).I originally read Pippi Longstocking in German (as Pippi Langstrumpf) when I was about nine years old; in fact, my reread in 2011 was the very first time I had read Astrid Lindgren in English. Although I remember enjoying reading about Pippi Longstocking, and count Astrid Lindgren as one of my all-time favourite children's authors, Pippi Longstocking herself has actually never been one of my most beloved Lindgren characters (I have always liked Madicken, Emil, the children of Noisy Village, Lotta and Ronja considerably more than I ever liked Pippi). And, while I have gained a greater appreciation and love for Pippi Longstocking as a character as a result of my 2011 reread, she is still not an absolute favourite, nor do I think she will ever become this.And I do think that my GR friend Emily has hit the nail on the head when she recently mentioned in a discussion thread on Pippi Longstocking in the Children's Literature Group that she would enjoy Pippi Longstocking much more as a character if she were not so invincible, if she did not possess such unlimited powers and wealth. To me, Pippi's superhuman strength and general invincibility have actually tended to make at least some of the episodes a bit dull and monotonous, as there really is never much tension, or the possibility of Pippi failing, perhaps not rescuing the children from the fire, perchance falling out of the tree (there is never even the possibility of that, for Pippi is like a superhero). As charming and irrepressible as Pippi is, I have always found her a tad too fantastical and extreme to readily identify with and get to know on a personal and intimate basis; she is an amusing and fun character, but I cannot really call her a true kindred spirit.And one rather important aspect of the Pippi Longstocking story that I noticed while rereading the novel as an adult is that while on the surface, Pippi Longstocking might appear as the invincible super-child (a bit like Peter Pan almost), who can do anything, feels confident everywhere, is a wonderful and imaginative playmate, and can always outsmart and outmaneuver the grown-ups and their often petty and for a child incomprehensible rules and regulations, there is a deep element of sadness and loneliness in Pippi Longstocking as well. Pippi is actually quite alone in the world, and much of her "misbehaving" is not caused by willful and and deliberate rebellion, but because the girl has no one to care for her, to show her the ins and outs, the do's and don'ts of society (except, of course, Tommy and Annika, but they are themselves children and just learning). Thus, while Pippi might have a suitcase full of gold, and lives alone, on her own terms in a quasi children's paradise, she is also lonely at times and in need of both human contact and loving care. And no, this loving care would and should not be the kind of "care" envisioned by the supposedly concerned townspeople (an orphanage), but a loving individual, or a loving family, who would adopt Pippi, accept her imagination, quirks, attitudes and ideas, while at the same time provide guidance and teaching. Pippi's loneliness despite her wealth and seemingly charmed and charming life and lifestyle, her sadness whenever she realises she has made a mistake (and realises she has made a mistake, precisely because she has neither a father nor mother anymore to guide her), has made me connect with and to her during my 2011 recent reread (and during my regular rereads since then) in a manner that I have never been able to do before. Even if Pippi Longstocking will never take the place in my heart of Lindgren characters like Madicken and Emil, I have come to both appreciate and personally love her.And finally, I would also like to mention that Pippi Longstocking is definitely a book which I would love to be able to rate with half stars, because, if half stars were possible, I would be giving 3.5 stars to Pippi Longstocking. As I consider the novel to be a high 3.5 star rating, I will assign 4 stars, but I really do wish that Goodreads would at sometime in the future allow for half star ratings (although I have come to realise that this will probably always be a so-called and unfortunate pipe dream).

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-06-06 16:36

    Pippi Långstrump = Poppi Lang strump, Astrid Lindgrenعنوان: پی پی جوراب بلند؛ فی فی جوراب بلند؛ نویسنده: آسترید لیندگرن؛ عنوان: پی پی جوراب بلند؛ نویسنده: آسترید لیندگرن؛ مترجم: گلی امامی؛ تهران، ؟، 1349، در 152 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، هرمس، 1378؛ چاپ دیگر: 1379؛ 1381؛ شابک: 9646641784؛ شابک دوره: 9647100930؛ چاپ ششم 1394؛ در 173 ص؛ شابک: 9786001216626؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان سوئدی - قرن 20 ممترجم: فرزانه کریمی؛ ویراستار: حسین فتاحی؛ تهران، قدیانی، بنفشه، 1380؛ در 135 ص؛ شابک: 9644173346؛ چاپ دیگر: 1382؛ در سه جلد؛ عنوان: جلد 1: پی پی جوراب بلد؛ عنوان جلد 2: پی پی به کشتی میرود؛ عنوان جلد 3: پی پی در دریاهای جنوب؛ مترجمین دیگر: بهمن رستم آبادی؛ قاسم صفوی با عنوان: فی فی جوراب بلند؛ نیز این کتاب را ترجمه کرده اندپی‌ پی در این داستان‌ها دختربچه‌ ای ست نه ساله، که کاملاً مستقل و دور از والدین به‌ سر می‌برد. او دخترکی ست شاد و مهربان که موهای سرخی دارد، پدرش سلطان جزیره ی آدمخوارهاست و زورش به هر آدمی می‌رسد. پی پی با میمون کوچولویی به نام آقای «نیلسون» و یک اسب زندگی می‌کند. رفتار او کاملاً متفاوت با هم‌سن‌های خویش است و شخصیتی جسور و نیرویی فوق‌ العاده دارد به‌ طوری که اسب خود را یک‌ دستی بلند می‌کند. همه کسانی که او را می‌شناسند او را عجیب و غریب می‌دانند. او روش ویژه‌ ای برای انجام کارهایش دارد که همه را به شگفتی وامی‌دارد. بچه‌ ها او را دوست دارند و با او به آن‌ها خیلی خوش می‌گذرد؛ و اما «آدم بزرگ‌ها» گاهی از دست او خشمگین می‌شوند؛ اما پی پی می‌گوید: «شما از بچه‌ ای که مادرش تو آسمان هاست و پدرش پادشاه آدم خورها چه انتظاری دارید». زندگی او پر از ماجرا ست و بهترین دوستانش، «تامی» و «آنیکا»، در همه این ماجراها حضور دارند. آنها برای خودشان جشن می‌گیرند، برای همه بچه‌ های شهر، هدیه و شکلات می‌خرند؛ به جزیره آدمخوارها می‌روند؛ با بچه‌ های بومی جزیره، غارهای زیبایی را کشف؛ و کوشش می‌کنند که هیچ وقت بزرگ نشوند. او مرتباً بزرگسالان خودخواه را مسخره و «خیط» می‌کند و این رفتارش معمولاً برای کودکان خوانشگر سرگرم‌ کننده است. متن پشت جلد: پی پی سه تا تخم مرغ برداشت و به هوا پرتاب کرد. یکی از تخم مرغ ها خورد روی سرش و شکست و زرده ی آن به روی صورتش سرازیر شد. بعد همان طور که چشمهایش را پاک میکرد گفت: «من همیشه شنیده بودم که زرده ی تخم مرغ به مو قوت میده. حالا خواهید دید موهای من با چه سرعتی رشد میکنه. در برزیل به همین دلیل همه تخم مرغ به سر این طرف و آن طرف میروند و حتی یک نفر هم کچل نیست. یک وقتی یک پیرمرد عجیبی بود که تخم مرغ هایش را به جای این که به سرش بمالد، میخورد. خوب طبعا کچل شده بود، و به محض این که میآمد تو خیابون، تمام ماشینها از حرکت میایستادند، به طوری که مجبور میشدند پلیس را خبر کنند.» متن پشت جلدفهرست: در باره پی پی و آفریندهء آن؛ آمدن پی پی جوراب بلند به کلبه ی ویلکولا؛ چیز پیدا کن شدن پی پی؛ گرگم به هوای پی پی با پاسبانها؛ رفتن پی پی به مدرسه؛ از درخت بالا رفتن پی پی؛ پی پی در تدارک یک پیک نیک؛ پی پی به سیرک میرود؛ آمدن دزدها به منزل پی پی؛ مهمانی رفتن پی پی؛ پی پی قهرمان میشود؛ جشن تولد پی پیا. شربیانی

  • Nomes
    2019-06-15 19:44

    Here's my daughter reading PippiFirst, the story. Pippi was written in the 1940's and it's still utterly captivating to this generation. Pippi issuchan endearing character, irreverent, infectiously ridiculous and charmingly caring. Bonus to all kids everywhere: she makes adults look silly and kids look brilliant. She champion's the kids world: all imagination and no rules. Anything is possible and everything is an adventure. She's like the imaginary friend we'd like to be, except, in the end, she makes us grateful we have our mums and dads and homes (oh, she gets a little emotional, despite her fearless bravado).This is one of those kids books I am not inwardly groaning when it's time to read to my daughter (although I did love it more when I was still a girl, myself). My 7 year old is the perfect age for this, able to read it herself, but liking me reading it to her more (of course ;))Oh, and this 2011 edition is completely gorgeous, guys. Random picture evidence:I loved this as a kid. I adored the movie (I can still sing along to all the songs, haha). Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking of Villa Villekulla is a timeless character and I hope she continues to be loved by children of upcoming generationsPeace out, Nomes(me and Carissa x)

  • Riku Sayuj
    2019-05-27 18:44

    The Girl With The Dragon BootsHaving read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where Lisbeth is identified as a real world Pippi, I have been planning to read the supposed inspiration for a long time. For the first few chapters, it is hard to imagine how Larsson could have based the character of Lisbeth on Pippi. Eventually I learned to warp Pippi's world and squeeze it into the supposedly real world filled with rapists and thieves, where little girls have no super strength to get by on. I could then start to see how Larsson could have imagined, reading Pippi as an adult, that each of pippi's little 'adventures' could have been a tragedy. Out of a thousand, one might survive. He decided to write about that one, a modern-day Pippi. For, you probably still need Pippi's attitude to survive in a modern-day Sweden even if you don't have her super powers - Lisbeth might have been an orphan and a rebel just like Pippi, she might only have her hacking skills as a proxy for Pippi's super-strength, but at the end of the day both could kick some ass.The review you have just read above is meant to illustrate how my reading of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo influenced my reading of Pippi Longstocking. Is it fair to even think of Lisbeth and of Larsson's interpretation of the tale while reading it? Probably not. I wish I could read it far away from Lisbeth's shadow. Do I blame Larsson now for spoiling some good fun? Probably yes. I just wish I had read Astrid first - of course I might never have heard of Pippi if not for Larsson. This is an issue I have faced with many books where the source is as enjoyable as the book that referred me to it, but less enjoyable for having read the referring work. How to get around this? Shall I drop everything and run to a bookstore the moment the slightest footnote pops up? They better stock up before I read Ulysses then.

  • sweet pea
    2019-06-05 18:40

    i was thrilled by the thought of a new version of Pippi illustrated by Lauren Child. i grew up on Pippi. besides my wild hairstyles, she also taught me how to be spunky and lie extravagantly. perhaps i'm hard-lined. but, certain aspects of this new translation leave me cold. Ephraim Longstocking being a "king of the natives" is too much to bear. too generic to process. he is obviously a king of the CANNIBALS, as anyone with an ounce of sense can recall. also, Pippi's full name changed from "Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking" to "Pippilotta Comestibles Windowshade Curlymint Ephraimsdaughter Longstocking". perhaps i'm bitter as i was one of ten people in the U.S. that could rattle off Pippi's full name without thought. i frankly don't care if the new translation is "more correct". you don't change someone's name or their father's profession. end of story. furthermore, several of Pippi's lies seem vaguely racist in this new translation, which was not apparent in the old.that spouted, i do appreciate Child's illustrations. and, although her socks are striped, they are the proper shades of black and brown (not striped red and white). i do hope this book brings a new generation to one of my favorite heroes. one of my favorite heroes, whose father is a cannibal king, goddamnit.

  • Foad
    2019-06-11 15:36

    تجربه ی بسیار لذت بخشی بود، خوندن داستان کودکان زیر ده سال، در بالای بیست سالگی! کلی با شوخی هاش خوش گذشت.پی پی، دقیقاً بر عکس آلیسه! آلیس یه دختر کاملاً معقول (و حتا کمی تندخو و خشک) که وسط یه شهر پر از خل و چل و دیوونه گم میشه و سعی میکنه با بدخلقی اشتباهات دیگران رو بهشون یادآوری کنه، ولی هیچ فایده ای نداره.اما پی پی، خودش عجیب و غریب و کمی دیوونه است، و وسط کلی آدم بزرگ معقول و خشک گیر کرده و مدام با کارها و حرف های نامعقولش، اون ها رو از کوره به در میکنه.من فکر کنم لذت خوندن این دومی برای بچه ها بیشتر باشه، هر چند تخیل داستان آلیس خیلی خلاق تر و رنگارنگ تره.

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    2019-06-09 18:57

    L, is for Lindgren2.5 StarsPippi Longstocking is absolutely a case of I-read-this-too-late-in-life. This is NOT the kind of story my mom read to me as a child. I was too headstrong already, I didn’t need her reading about a ginger-haired nine year old who lifted up horses and refused to go to school. Wise move, mom, wise move. I am at somewhat of a loss as to how to review this, to be honest. There is a cuteness to it, a toughness too BUT I can’t turn off pretend-mom brain. I can’t help but think this is just such a poor story to read a child. For one, Pippi is an orphan who has convinced herself she is the daughter of a cannibal king (what?!) . For another thing she plays a game of chase with cops (Kids, don’t try THIS at home). I just don’t know. It could have been that I was sick when I read this but it just fell flat all over for me. I got nothing, guys. This was both too cutesy and too unbelievable for me. I am a cranky old lady now...

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    2019-06-06 16:51

    “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.” This one is so nostalgic for me. I grew up having my mom read the books to me and I used to watch the movies all the time as well. Pippi Longstockingis a classic that everyone should enjoy at least once in their life. It's about a young girl who lives in a large house with a monkey and a horse, she also happens to be "the strongest girl in the world." Beside Pippi live two other children, a brother and a sister and together they get into all sorts of fun adventures. This book is so charming, and completely hilarious. The jokes in this book still hold up after all these years. I guess that is why it's considered a classic. I love Pippi's sense of adventure and her innocence. She doesn't really think badly of anyone and can't imagine why others are so hard on her sometimes. She has her own set of rules and doesn't care to fit in with everyone else. We really all could take a few pointers from her. She's a loyal friend and very generous with everyone she meets. I am a bit bias when it comes to this book since it's just so close to my heart. I don't see any big complaints to mention and this is a great one if you want something fun and light, no matter what the age. I highly recommend it.

  • Sarah Grace
    2019-06-16 18:40

    Very sweet, whimsical children's book! I enjoyed reading it to my younger brothers. They usually won't sit still long enough for me to read anything to them, but they actually were asking ME to read it to them! So it was a win-win in that area! If you're looking for a good "role model" children's book, this isn't really it, but it was fun, and there certainly wasn't anything bad in it.

  • Manny
    2019-06-11 18:37

    The following may be heresy, but, as Michael Dibdin says of his novel The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, it's the heresy of the true believer. Anyway, now that everyone's read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we can no longer avoid the question. What does Pippi think about sex? Lisbeth Salander is repeatedly identified with Pippi, and she's quite straightforward about sex. When she wants it, she goes for it; no shame, no hangups. It's hard to believe that Pippi isn't exactly the same.Of course, Pippi's nine years old, which does give one pause for thought. But, on the other hand, she's been nine for rather a long time (the krumelur-pills), so it's a bit technical when you come down to it. Also, she's super-strong, and her will is as powerful as her muscles. No chance of anyone making her do anything she didn't want to do. I'm more concerned about the so-called adults who may have got involved with her. I have a feeling that she makes them feel as stupid and inadequate in bed as out of it.I know, I know. You want me to name names, don't you? OK, I'll tell you who I thought of first: Tant Pruselius, a.k.a. Prussiluskan. In the films, you can see that, under that dowdy exterior, she's an attractive woman. And there's something decidedly odd about her relationship with Pippi. She keeps going around to Villa Villekulla on the most absurd pretexts. She wants to see Pippi for some reason, and then she starts saying that it would be better if she were in a children's home. Well, indeed, that would put her out of temptation's reach. And she submits to all Pippi's imaginative humiliations with no more than a token shriek or two of protest. Why? Pippi seems to have a strange hold on her. The kind of hold that someone might have on a secret lover who absolutely daren't reveal herself, for fear of all sorts of appalling consequences.What do they get up to late at night, when Tommy and Annika have gone home and no one is around to watch except Mr. Nilsson and the horse? I'm afraid I have no more idea than you. But I do sometimes wonder if Astrid Lindgren left a sealed packet of papers for her literary executor, with strict instructions not to open it until 50 years after her death..._________________________________________Apropos the Långstrump/Salander connection: last night, we watched the second Millennium film, Flickan som lekte med elden, and noticed that the letterbox on Lisbeth's door says "V. Kulla". Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that Astrid Lindgren would have approved._________________________________________My older son Jonathan, who's an autistic-spectrum movie buff, had an interesting question about Pippi the other day. Did I think that Tant Pruselius was the goddess Venus? He was specifically referring to the fact that the actress who plays her looks a bit like Glenn Close in Meeting Venus; he's also seen Venus in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, one of his favourite films, where she's played by the young Uma Thurman. I've never discussed my theories about Pippi's private life with Jonathan. Odd that he came up with this independently.

  • Ronyell
    2019-06-15 18:55

    To be honest, I have heard of “Pippi Longstocking” when I was little, but I only saw the movies of the little red haired heroine, but then again I might have read this book when I was younger. It is just that I do not remember many children’s books that I have read when I was small. “Pippi Longstocking” is a popular children’s book by Astrid Lindgren and it details the wild adventures of an unusual girl named Pippi Longstocking. “Pippi Longstocking” is clearly one of the best children’s books ever written that children will enjoy over and over again!Pippi Longstocking is a little girl who lives in an old house called Villa Villekulla and she lives with her pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson and her horse that she rides everywhere to town with. Her next door neighbors are two kids named Tommy and Annika and when they first met Pippi, they realized that Pippi is no ordinary girl as she climbs inside trees and is so strong that she can easily lift her horse! Join in the wild adventures of everyone’s favorite pigtailed girl, Pippi Longstocking!Wow! I was just simply blown away by this book! I was reading this book for The Children's Book Club International Book Club and I must tell you that I really loved this book! Astrid Lindgren has certainly done a brilliant job at portraying Pippi Longstocking as she is shown as a strong and confident heroine! What made Pippi Longstocking such an endearing character was the fact that she truly was an extraordinary girl and I loved the fact that Pippi is extremely strong and I also enjoyed the odd activities that Pippi does such as dancing with the robbers and climbing inside trees. I also loved Pippi’s mischievous yet charming personality as she may seem as a bother to the adults, but I just loved seeing her misunderstand everything that goes on in life on land since she has lived at the seas for most of her life and I loved the fact that she continues doing what she loves best despite what everyone else thinks of her. I also loved Pippi’s relationship with Tommy and Annika as it is clear that the two kids loved Pippi’s unusual nature and accept her bizarre approaches to life and because of that, Tommy and Annika are possibly the best friends that Pippi ever had!Probably the only thing that most parents might be worried about in this book is Pippi’s mischievous behavior. Pippi does lie to her friends about her adventures around the world and she does do mischievous activities that get on adults’ nerves and therefore, smaller children might be enticed to copy her behavior. However, while I agree that some of Pippi’s antics are suggestive, I always thought that because Pippi’s parents were absent, Pippi never had anyone tell her what was right or what was wrong and I think that she does these activities because she does not know that what she is doing is wrong or right and it was this nature of Pippi about the fact that she is so young and does not know the world very well that I found extremely pleasing to read about.Overall, “Pippi Longstocking” is certainly an instant for children all over the world that love reading about wild and crazy kids! I would recommend this book to children ages six and up due to the length of this book and due to Pippi’s suggestive behavior.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Victoria Hansen
    2019-05-28 16:44

    I remember the day my mother came home with a copy of 'Pippi Longstocking'. I was seven, and too scared to read such a 'big' book. After my mother convinced me to, I read Pippi Longstocking and fell in love with the adventures of the independent, yet immature Pippi. It took me a couple of years before I re-read it, which was where my view on the book changed. As I used to live in Denmark, I grew up with Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Emil of Lönneberga, and anything Astrid Lindgren, really. This included the movies that I would watch almost everyday, despite the Danish narrative and Swedish language in the background.Tommy and Anika just moved and have found themselves a new neighbour: Pippi Longstocking. Living by herself, Pippi is crazy, fun, immature, independent and at times, reckless. Her father is a pirate (let's ignore the name), and she has a horse and a monkey. I especially love the theme song, which I still can't get out of my head to do this day. This novel brings me back to my childhood, and is one of the greatest children's books.Pippi Longstocking is beautifully narrated, original and everything a children's book should be. However, I haven't read the sequels, only watched the Swedish versions of them. I loved how most people in town underestimated Pippi and was in a way, scared of her. She was too odd and lively to stay there, and proved herself worthy when people would sympathize her or question her independence. When I stated that after I re-read the book, I noticed a larger variety of themes and deeper meaning behind the story. Pippi is crazy, lively, adventurous and independent. She went a long way to achieve her dreams/goals, and didn't let anyone's opinions or rudeness let her down. But, as she remained happy and positive, there must have been a layer of loneliness and sadness that would have caused her to act reckless and ignorant at times. The meaning of this is to say that even though we may appear happy and alive on the outside, we can attempt to hide the darker and sad feelings. And Pippi was one of those people. Overall, Pippi was an adventurous and a fun story. It doesn't only suit children, but people of all ages.

  • Caroline
    2019-05-31 12:53

    .The past is indeed another country.When I was a child I read voraciously. I have a memory that having rapaciously foraged my way through the children’s section, I was given an adult library ticket before my time. But I am sure that didn’t really happen, not even in the rough and ready borough of London where the transition took place. My wanting just made it seem real. In spite of my impatience for the adult section, I adored my time with the children’s library, and at the pinnacle of all children’s books that I loved was the Pippi Longstocking series. I idolized Pippi, with her anarchic and eccentric lifestyle, and her enormous physical strength. I loved escapism, and Pippi was the ultimate companion for fantastical fantasy adventures.So, when I picked up Pippi Longstocking a few days ago I was expecting bliss, along with a warm woolly coating of nostalgia. But this was not to be. Instead I read it like a cantankerous old lady, on the side of all the authority figures in the book, and tut-tutting over things like her cutting out biscuit dough on the floor. Oh I’m sorry Pippa, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry! The chasm between me then and me now is seemingly unbridgeable… I remember how much I loved you though. I remember that.A GR friend has just read this book to her daughter, and it made me think about that too. In between my experience and hers lies the mysterious world of motherhood, and pleasures that lie beyond my ken.

  • April Knapp
    2019-06-09 16:49

    Review originally postedHERE"Pipi Longstalking" is an easy read and I can see why kids enjoy it. Pipi is funny and different and draws little children out of their normal, every-day lives with her wacky adventures.BUT, it has no plot and, therefore, is not very attractive to adult readers. It's really a series of short stories that have very little plot or meaning to them in themselves. About 75 percent through, I started just skimming the stories because they were plotless and all very similar. This, to me, is the mark of a poorly written children's novel. In my opinion, well-written children's novels appeal to readers of ALL ages, but are appropriate for children.Pipi is supposed to be charming, and is somewhat, but she's also an annoying kid who won't behave and never faces the consequences for it. No wonder kids like her. She seems to mean well, but doesn't know any better. However, adults are portrayed as passive, impotent, fun-suckers, who don't need to be listened to.The other two main characters, Tommy and Annika, are very flat and full of stereotypes of little boys and girls. Annika is always fearful and doesn't want to get her dress dirty while Tommy is ready for adventure. It's annoying.

  • Bonnie
    2019-06-16 17:48

    5 stars *(My child-experience rating, though my adult rating wouldn’t differ much.)As an adult, I find it interesting to revisit books I read as a child. Pippi Longstocking is one of two I remember most vividly; The Ugly Duckling is the other. These stories are so different from one another that I find it odd – it must say something about my personality as a child.Rereading Pippi recently, I laughed out loud throughout the first half of the story and then I’m not sure what happened. Maybe “Monkey mind” took over my brain. (“Monkey mind” is a Buddhist term that refers to a “mental busyness that separates us from our true hearts”.) Astrid Lindgren has been quoted as saying that “if an adult reads her books, it means there’s a kid living in their souls, like it did inside hers.” So maybe the adult-I-am shut down the child-in-me after a while. Or maybe the novelty simply wore off after a hundred or so pages. But, I did keep smiling; it’s just that my rather loud laugh no longer ricocheted off the trees and mountains around me as I read outdoors on the deck.Like children throughout the last 64 years, since Lindgren first cast her character onto the page and into the world, today’s sophisticated child will likely still be highly entertained by “Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim’s Daughter Longstocking, daughter of Captain Efraim Longstocking, formerly the Terror of the Sea, now a cannibal king” as Pippi explains to the teacher when she decides to go to school – for a day. Pippi decides she doesn’t need to learn her “pluttification tables” and so that is the end of that. Who could resist a 9 year-old girl living alone with no parents – no one is there to tell her when “to go to bed just when she’s having the most fun”? Pippi believes her father is still alive and she waits for him in their house called Villa Villekulla, along with Mr. Nilsson, her pet monkey, and her horse, that she bought with one of the many gold pieces in the big suitcase she carried from the ship. Pippi is so strong she can carry more than a suitcase of gold – she can lift a whole horse. And, as the reader finds out in Chapter 3 “Pippi Plays Tag with Some Policemen”, there is not one police officer who is stronger than she is.Pippi’s foils come in the form of neighbours Tommy and Annika, “good, well brought up, and obedient children” who first encounter the “most remarkable girl they have ever seen” when Miss Pippi goes out for her “morning promenade.” It is through their eyes that we learn that “Her hair, the color of a carrot, was braided in two tight braids that stuck straight out. Her nose was the shape of a very small potato and was dotted all over with freckles.” Her dress was also unusual: Pippi had wanted it to be blue but ran out of cloth so had to use scraps of red. She also wore a pair of long stockings, one brown and one black, and a pair of black shoes, exactly twice as long as her feet. “These shoes her father had bought for her in South America so that Pippi would have something to grow into.” Indeed, as her two best friends come to understand, Pippi had been traveling all over world while they had been attending school. She makes up stories about the people in many of the countries, and when her friends accuse her of lying, that it’s “wicked to lie,” Pippi concedes that it is, “But I forget it now and then… and let me tell you that in the Congo there is not a single person who tells the truth. They lie all day long. Begin at seven in the morning and keep on until sundown. So if I should happen to lie now and then, you must try to excuse me and to remember it is only because I stayed in the Congo a little too long. We can be friends anyway, can’t we?”Like children everywhere, how could these children from a conventional home resist the outrageous, uproarious, extraordinary life that defines Pippi as one of the most controversial and popular characters to enter the world scene of children’s literature? When Annika wonders who does tell Pippi when to go to bed at night, Pippi says she tells herself. “First I tell myself in a nice friendly way; and then, if I don’t mind, I tell myself again more sharply; and if I still don’t mind, then I’m in for a spanking – see?” She messily makes pancakes, and when the yolk lands in her hair, well, she always did hear that yolk was good for the hair, and soon hers will “begin to grow so fast it will crackle. As a matter of fact, in Brazil…”Pippi Longstocking has been published in more than 100 countries and 85-plus languages, from Arabic to Zulu, winning awards in Russia, Denmark, Chili, and Sweden. Who would have believed that from the time Lindgren began writing this story in 1944, she would end up topping the list of Sweden’s best-selling authors, become the winner of the Hans Christian Anderson International Gold Medal, as well as the Smile International Children’s Award? Not Astrid Lindgren and the many readers who were shocked by Pippi. Lindgren evidently said, “I was personally quite shaken by Pippi, and I remember that I ended my letter to the company, ‘In the hope that you don’t warn the child welfare officer.’”Two years ago, the China Children’s Art Theatre joined with Swedish artists to adapt this story into a musical to mark the 100th year of Lindgren’s birth. And when some from the “typically conservative Chinese culture” claimed Pippi a bit too naughty, the drama’s director said, “the story is just about children, and Pippi rebels against adults who do something wrong to children. Pippi is not a bad child, just humourous.” Astrid Lindgren said she wrote for children “to teach them how to be more human and understanding people.” With Pippi’s heroic acts such as teaching bullies and would-be-burglars a lesson, and saving two little boys in a house fire, made “believable” by the feats she was able to form in the circus, I think the author succeeded. Speaking of the circus, when the crowd is offered a hundred dollars to anyone who can “conquer the Mighty Adolf” Pippi knows she can do it, “but I think it would be too bad to, because he looks so nice.” When Annika tells Pippi she couldn’t possibly because Adolf is the strongest man in the world, Pippi says, “Man, yes… but I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that.”No wonder I loved this book as a child! And now that I think of it, it isn’t odd at all that The Ugly Duckling and Pippi Longstocking are two of my most memorable earlier reads: the duckling discovers that the beauty he was seeking was inside himself all along; and Pippi, although unconventional, does the things she wants, but she tries always to never intentionally hurt or harm any one or any thing. She has a strong sense of self, and she proves to be a loyal and generous friend.Pippi Longstocking will endure for many more years for the simple reason that Pippi will inspire her young readers to let their imaginations soar so high and wide that no matter what the odds, a belief in yourself will direct you onto any path you choose. It worked for me.

  • Scarlet Cameo
    2019-05-28 15:46

    Acepto que Pippi es uno de mis personajes favoritos y que tengo recuerdos de mi infancia en los que ella era mi ídolo, pero ahora que ya estoy más grande me gusta pero ya no me fascina, lo cual no es que sea malo sino que ya no tiene el encanto que me cautivo cuando era niña (desgraciadamente no todos los libros tienen en mi corazón la trascendencia de Alicia y Mafalda).Pippi es una niña peculiar, con muchas cualidades que hacen que tre agrade el personaje, aunque sí conociera una niña así en la vida real probablemente me desagradaría, aunque me quedo preguntandome ¿Una amistad como la de este libro funcionaría en la vida real? La primera vez que leí esta historia fue de las cosas que más me gustaron y hoy me doy cuenta que no, no funcionaría. Pippi es demasiado fantástica, demasiado libre y demasiado ella por lo que termina opacando a todos a su alredor, en un entorno real Tommmy y Anika estarían con ella por notoriedad, por admiración y por fascinación pero, entre tantas mentiras, no estarían por amistad porque no puedes amigarte de lo que no conoces :(.Guardaré con cariño las historias de la vaca, del picnic, de los matones y de su padre Rey de los canibales, pero no creo leer nuevamente esta historia porque siento cada vez será menos reluciente para mi. Lo que si debo decir es que Pippi presenta muchos valores que hoy las niñas (y niños) deben aprender: la chica no es debil, tonta ni necesitada. Los niños no son quienes deben salvarlas y no eso ellos son menos. Las chicas también pueden ser femeninas y no por ello menos valiosas.P.D. La película (y la caricatura) es aboslutamente genial, y retoma las historia del libro así que tambiénes una buena opción :).

  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    2019-06-01 12:52

    Astrid Lindgren is not popular enough in the United States. And that makes me sad.Her books, especially Pippi Longstocking and Carlson On The Roof are well known and loved over in Europe. It's a favorite children's classic. And it is so well deserved.When I was little, Pippi was everything I ever wanted to be : wild, free and completely unapologetic. I would get sick a lot when I was a kid (colds, pneumonia and that kind of stuff). Reading about Pippi and her adventures always made me feel better. I guess you can say that this book is very nostalgic for me. And if Pippi is a little too much for you, there are some milder characters to choose from. Astrid Lindgren's books are as funny as they are sad (and heartbreaking at times). Full of life truths and lessons - they build an excellent foundation for young reader's minds.

  • Oziel Bispo
    2019-05-26 14:42

    Adoro ler essas histórias que me lembram os livros que eu lia na minha infância. .Pippi uma garotinha sapeca, mas inocente ao mesmo tempo, que tem nos encantado por gerações.

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2019-05-22 17:49

    Her mother died when she was just a baby so she has no memory of her at all. Her father was a ship captain who was thrown overboard during a storm at sea and disappeared. Pippi Longstocking, nine years old, believes her mother is in heaven watching her, and her father on an island and has become the king of the cannibals. She lives alone in their house with a monkey named Mr. Nilsson and a horse.She often looks up at the sky and tells her mother "Don't you worry about me. I'll always come out on top."I do not know how I would have read this when I was still a child. Maybe Pippi Longstocking would have been an unforgotten childhood heroine for me. But I read this only now when my children themselves are already in their teens. So amidst Pippi's adventures at the back of my mind are what adults would often not fail to see: she's alone, just nine years old and her parents are dead.But goodness and innocence triumph over danger, rejection and loneliness. All the time. That is what you will see from her adventures, most of them funny (except, again, that if you're no longer a child, you won't be able to shake off this feeling that Pippi is really in a terrible situation). Pippi meant it, and she wants us to share this unwavering optimism. We don't have to worry about being good, trusting and innocent. With these, we will always come out on top.

  • Deborah Markus
    2019-06-16 14:52

    This is a review of a new translation of a children's classic. My comments and the number of stars this edition gets has nothing to do with my adoration of Pippi Longstocking, which my review of the previous edition should make pretty clear.I'm always wildly excited to hear of new translations of books I love, so it saddens me to have to say I'm disappointed in this one.It was published in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Astrid Lindgren, the author of the Pippi books. (Lindgren lived to be 94 years old, which makes me very happy.) There's a little information about Lindgren on the last page of this edition, but I wish the editors had taken the opportunity to tell more – to mention, for instance, that Lindgren came up with the stories when her young daughter was sick in bed and said, apropos of nothing, "Tell me a story about Pippi Longstocking." Just like that, one of the most famous names in the world was born. Lindgren obliged, and later wrote some of the Pippi stories down (thank goodness). None of this is mentioned in this new edition – which seems, as I said, a lost chance, since it's as good a story as any of Pippi's adventures.I can't fairly judge Lauren Child's illustrations for this edition. I love her work, and the pictures are perfectly cute; but I grew up with the old black-and-white illustrated editions of the Pippi books, and I can't help finding those pictures edgier and more interesting.I think I can fairly comment on the new translation, even though I'm deeply attached to the old one. The fact is, this is a job that just didn't need doing. It's not as if the text of the old edition was unclear. In fact, the previous translation gives its young readers more credit for intelligence than this one does.As a child, I loved reading about Pippi making "pepparkakor -- a kind of Swedish cookie," as that translation put it. Tiina Nunnally simply says that Pippi was "baking gingersnaps." This isn’t exactly earth-shattering, but I do find it significant. I remember first reading this little episode of Pippi’s story because it was my first clue that this story didn’t just take place in a different country, but that the book itself was in fact Swedish in every sense.Later, this idea would be confirmed in the chapter “Pippi Entertains Two Burglars.” The burglars in question are drawn to Pippi’s house when they see the light on. Their initial errand is simply to ask for some food, but when they see Pippi counting up a great number of gold coins, they decide to make an excuse for knocking on her door, quickly case the joint, and come back later to steal the loot. “We just came in to ask what your clock is,” they say.Now, this isn’t how American English-speakers ask for the time. Even as a very young reader, though, I was able to work out what this phrasing meant, and to be amused by it. The reason the translator kept this phrasing in the translation I grew up with is that it’s important to some funny wordplay that follows:”Great, strong men who don’t know what a clock is!” said Pippi. “Where in the world were you brought up? The clock is a little round thingamajig that says ‘tick tack, tick tack,’ and that goes and goes but never gets to the door. Do you know any more riddles? Out with them if you do,” said Pippi encouragingly.This paragraph also gave me my first introduction to the idea that different cultures describe certain noises differently. I think this is important as well as entertaining. It’s also important that American children in particular are introduced to the concept that their country isn’t the only one, or even the most important one, in the world. (Plenty of American grownups are weak on this concept, and this national chauvinism is not, in my opinion, making the world a better place.)The passage continues, and I promise I’m quoting it at length for a good reason:The tramps thought Pippi was too little to tell time, so without another word they went out again.“I don’t demand that you say ‘tack’” [thanks in Swedish], shouted Pippi after them, “but you could at least make an effort and say ‘tick.’ You haven’t even as much sense as a clock has. But by all means go in peace.” And Pippi went back to her counting.Those brackets are in the original. I loved that as a kid. It was my first introduction to what kind of work it takes to translate a book from one language to another – a subject that has fascinated me ever since.Here’s how the new translation handles that same passage: “Well, we just came in to see what your clock says.”“Big, strong fellows like you, and you don’t even know what a clock says?” said Pippi. “Who brought you up, anyway? Haven’t you ever heard a clock before? A clock is a little round thingamajig that says ‘tick tock’ and keeps going and going but never gets to the door. If you know any other riddles, let’s hear them,” said Pippi to encourage them.The tramps thought that Pippi was too young to know about clocks, so without another word they turned on their heels and left.“I’m not asking you to play tic-tac-toe!” Pippi yelled after them. “But you could at least play along with my tick-tock riddle. I don’t know what makes you tick! But never mind, go in peace,” said Pippi, and she went back to counting her money.Now, look. If you’re going to even try to bring wordplay over from one language to another, you’re going to have to do better than that. Mentioning tic-tac-toe here is completely random – and there is always a method to Pippi’s madness. And if Nunnally was going to go with the American idea that clocks says “tick, tock,” why didn’t she have Pippi say something about how she can’t figure out the burglars tick if they won’t tock to her? (I can’t take credit for this one. My husband pointed out to me the rhyming possibilities of “tock” and “talk” in this passage. But seriously, it’s right there.)The whole book seems dedicated to rooting out any references to the fact that this book was written in Swedish. The music box Tommy and Annika give Pippi plays “Ack, du käre Augustin” in the original translation. In this one, it plays “The More We Get Together.” In the original translation, Pippi makes the burglars dance the schottische with her; in this one, it’s simply a polka. Note to the world: kids who are old enough to read Pippi are old enough to handle some unfamiliar references. Heck, they’re more prepared for them in some ways than kids were when I was a kid and had to find an encyclopedia if I wanted to look something up.So, yeah, I found this translation of a favorite book condescending. If you’re thinking of giving Pippi as a gift, you can probably buy copies of all three of the Pippi books for what you’d pay for a single copy of this hardcover new translation. The paperbacks might not look as “gifty,” but they’re better. So say I. And tack for hearing me out.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-06-15 12:40

    Childhood memories of Sunday afternoon movies on channel 41 are dancing in my head. Pippy was my favorite second only to Shirley Temple. What adventures she had-keeping a horse on the porch; rescuing children from a burning building; outsmarting thieves and nine pin playing ghosts! And she always gets it over the adults. I think my favorite chapter was when she decided she must go to school so she can have a Christmas vacation. The student of my worst nightmares

  • Mariah
    2019-05-30 18:57

    This was a cute story! It made me think of Roald Dahl's writing style and creativity. This is definitely a book I'll suggest to my students.

  • Amir The Fat Bookworm
    2019-05-22 18:41

    When I was a kid, my mom used to read this before going to bed. And we would laugh so much that we couldn't keep ourselves from going on and on. ah, this was a good book. I would love to re-read it when the chance arises.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-08 14:40

    I always sort of assumed I had read Pippi Longstocking, until very recently when I was trying to describe it to my kids, and realized that I had seen the old movie and read other books by Astrid Lindgren, and conflated them. So I decided to remedy that all around by reading the first book aloud to my kids, and of course I had to have the fully illustrated edition with pictures by Lauren Child, because of our fondness for Charlie and Lola.The consensus? Delightful! The kids thought Pippi was hilarious, and the pictures are perfection. I love the fact that each chapter is a separate story, perfect for reading aloud at bedtime. We are eager to read more books about Pippi, though sad that they aren't all illustrated by Child.I've also just discovered that Mio, My Son and Seacrow Island are being reprinted by the New York Review of Books, and I'm excited to get those.

  • Amy
    2019-06-13 17:48

    My adult self gives this a 3 star rating, but I'm throwing in the extra star, because of how much I loved it as a child. Tiny Amy would've given it all the stars...if she cared about things like rating books. Which she did not. I remember being utterly fascinated with Pippi's freedom and her ability to lift heavy things, like her horse and the strong man at the circus. Now, of course, I'm such a mother, I sort of want to adopt the scruffy little thing and take care of her. Makes for a vastly different reading experience. ;)

  • Tarinee Prasad
    2019-06-16 13:33

    “The children came to a perfume shop. In the show window was a large jar of freckle salve, and beside the jar was a sign, which read: DO YOU SUFFER FROM FRECKLES?What does the sign say?” ask Pippi. She couldn’t read very well because she didn’t want to go to school as other children did.It says, ‘Do you suffer from freckles?’” said Annika.Does it indeed?” said Pippi thoughtfully. “Well, a civil question deserves a civil answer. Let’s go in.”She opened the door and entered the shop, closely followed by Tommy and Annika. An elderly lady stood back of the counter. Pippi went right up to her. “No!” she said decidedly.What is it you want?” asked the lady.No,” said Pippi once more.I don’t understand what you mean,” said the lady.No, I don’t suffer from freckles,” said Pippi.Then the lady understood, but she took one look at Pippi and burst out, “But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!”I know it,” said Pippi, “but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.”She turned to leave, but when she got to the door she looked back and cried, “But if you should happen to get in any salve that gives people more freckles, then you can send me seven or eight jars.”High on fun and Infectiously ridiculous ,this book is now placed in my 20 books to read 20 times list :)