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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1945)


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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lundgren is a classic children’s story about a unique little girl. Pippi does everything that children aren’t supposed to do which, of course, endears her to the hearts of children of all ages. Pippi is never mean spirited or bad, she just looks at the world in a different way.
She tells outrageous lies and never simply obeys an adult’s order, she lives by her own rules. She is also the strongest little girl in the world.

Whether she goes to the circus for the first time, thwarts two burglars or attends a ladies coffee party she does so in her own way with hilarious results. But everything about Pippi is not lighthearted and gay as she lives alone with no parents to guide her. Of her missing parents we learn that her mother has gone to live with the angels and her father is off becoming the Cannibal King but we do learn that he was washed overboard and considered lost at sea. Pippi lives in a small town in Sweden and livens up the lives of everyone she meets especially the two children that live next door to her. These children are alternately enthralled and delighted or appalled and horrified at her behavior, while we, the readers, are always entertained by her cheeky ways.

Pippi Longstocking was published in Sweden in 1945 and was very successful, but in 1954 when it was translated and published in English it became a world-wide hit and has gone on to become a classic. I listened to an audio version and so missed out on the highly rated illustrations that are in the book. Although chaos follows her, Pippi is generous and always means well. This is a book that well deserves a place of honor in any child’s library. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 2, 2017 |
Pippi lives a very unusual life. ( )
  SaraLancon | Apr 17, 2017 |
Pippi Longstocking is a memorable character who lives on her own at a young age on an island in Sweden. She is full of adventures and childlike antics that confound adults but delight the children in her neighborhood. No one quite knows what do do with her except for the brother and sister next door who befriend her.
  annereid1 | Mar 20, 2017 |
I grew up loving the 1988 film version of Pippi Longstocking, but I never read the book until this year. I was glad to discover the two are very similar. The fun-loving, feisty Pippi that I was a fan of in the movie is there in full effect in the book. Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim's Daughter Longstocking lives by herself with only her horse and her monkey to keep her company. Pippi is separate from her father during a storm at sea and moves into her house, Villa Villekulla. She has superhuman strength and doesn’t follow the regular rules of society.

One of the things I always loved about Pippi when I was growing up is her freedom. There are no parents. She doesn’t have to go to school if she doesn’t want to. Of course that would appeal to a kid! As much as I loved my parents, I think half of the pretend games I played with my brother and sister started off with us being orphaned somehow. It’s like your imagination has so much more freedom when you remove any form of supervision from the equation.

BOTTOM LINE: Read it with a child-like heart and you’ll enjoy it. It’s fun and playful, but obviously as a parent you’re going to be worried about the orphaned girl. ( )
1 vote bookworm12 | Dec 21, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading "Pippi Longstocking" for three reasons. First, I enjoyed this text because of its strange uniqueness (ex: Pippi had a monkey on her shoulder, a horse on her porch, and no parents to tell her when it was bedtime). Second, Pippi seems to be a free spirit and silly, young girl. She loves adventure and causing mischief (ex: playing tag when the police came to get her). Third, I think the lies Pippi would tell the class were funny and definitely strange! (ex: Pippi tells a story about a Chinese man she knew from Shanghai). Pippi Longstocking is a children's chapter book that reveals the truth and lies of Pippi's life. This story also takes you through Pippi's adventures. The big idea behind this text is for it to be an imaginative and humorous book for children to read. ( )
  CheyenneSnider | Dec 15, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Astrid Lindgrenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Benson, EstherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Child, LaurenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelking, KatrinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glanzman, Louis S.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heinig, CäcilieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurup, EdnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Järvinen, LailaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kennedy, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamborn, FlorenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nunnally, TiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyman, IngridIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palme, AnnuskaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rettich, RolfIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking.
At the end of a little Swedish town lay an old, overgrown orchard.

(translated by Edna Hurup, 1954)
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This is the first book in the series about Pippi Longstocking. Please don't combine with omnibus editions.
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Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful 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 character, inspiring generations of children to want to be Pippi. More than anything, Pippi makes reading a pleasure; no child will welcome the end of the book, and many will return to Pippi Longstocking again and again. Simply put, Pippi is irresistible. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.

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