by Astrid Lindgren
The Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest honor in international childrens literature, went to Astrid Lindgren in 1958 she was only the second author to win it. Though she wrote in Swedish, dozens of her books have been translated into English and this one is the most popular. It started out in 1950 as a way to entertain Lindgrens bedridden daughter. Now it has two sequels Pippi Goes on Board
and Pippi in the South Seas
and has inspired at least six movies.
I remember having this story read to me when I was a small child. Now that I come to it as an adult, it is still full of fun. The translation by Florence Lamborn has its rough spots, but all in all it is a lighthearted, fast-paced story that twinkles with mischief and leaves you wanting more.
Pippi is a little girl with red hair in braids that stick straight out from her head. She lives alone with a monkey named Mr. Nilsson and a horse that lives on the porch, and she has all kinds of tomboyish adventures with her neighbors, Tommy and Anika. Thoughtlessly brave, heroically strong, shockingly misbehaved, and altogether a free spirit, Pippi is a horror to adults and a delight to children and a bit of both to those of us who are, well, a bit of both.
In this first book of Pippis adventures, you learn how Pippi comes to live alone at Villa Villekulla; how she manages to avoid being sent to a childrens home; how she steals the show at the circus; how she entertains two burglars; how she utterly ruins a polite coffee party; how she puts bullies in their place and saves lives; and many other adventures.
Here is an internationally beloved author at her light, comical best. Judging by the adoring reviews I have read on many of her other books, I think you will treasure any book by Astrid Lindgren that you find. I plan to look for more of them!
Recommended Age: 9+
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