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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren May 7, 2009

Posted by KJ theBookGirl in review.
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Pippi Longstocking CoverMany, many people think Pippi Longstocking is just a children’s book. Is strongly disagree. I, personally, find it remarkably funny and quite hilarious. In fact, I see Pippi as a role model as how all adults should look to their inner child to behave. Although maybe we shouldn’t play tag with policemen or try to lift up a horse.

“Pippi Longstocking is nine years old. She lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. 
She spends her days arranging adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories
Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull’s tail!” 

The story follows Pippi as she goes about her everyday life which is filled with adventures. 

The reason why I love Pippi Longstocking is it is written in a way which universally understood and humorous.  Her adventures are simple and tell the tale of a girl who is strong in self confidence but not arrogant; who believes in herself, but also in her friends; who never gives up hope and always has a cheerful attitude. She has her priorities right and knows the importance of friendship, hope, love, trying new things, being logical, and, most of all, having fun.

I suppose there are a few limitations in the stories such as the lack of realism (no girl would be allowed to live alone, even if she causes as much trouble as Pippi) or the bad image it gives to children (should her disruptive behaviour in class be tolerated? her disrespect for adults allowed? her use of violence to sort out bullies promoted?) but saying this, it is just a story and shouldn’t be read into. It was originally published in 1945, and anyone can see any “bad influences” it may have encouraged would have been evident in that time.

In summary, it is a beautiful book which everyone could learn a lesson from, is is well worth the read.

KJ
theBookGirl

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