Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pippi Longstocking

Another in a series of posts about children's classic books available for borrowing from our school library.

Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking, or Pippi for short, is a character created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. She first became known to the world in 1945 with the publication of Pippi Longstocking,  and this was soon followed by more books about Pippi and her adventures. 

With her mother in heaven and her father lost at sea, Pippi is left to her own devices in a ramshackle house on the edges of a little Swedish village called Villa Villekulla. For company, Pippi has a monkey named Mr. Nilsson, a horse on the porch, and two friends, Tommy and Annika, from the house next door. Pippi has two main possessions, a suitcase full of gold coins (which she used to buy her horse) and a large chest of drawers containing various small treasures. Pippi makes her own rules and nags herself about going to bed at night, her friends Tommy and Annika live a more normal life. Although having little schooling Pippi is very intelligent, in a common-sense sort of way, with most of her opponents not realizing just how clever and crafty she is until she's made fools of them. Pippi has an amazing talent for spinning tall tales, though she usually doesn't lie, she just tells the truth in the form of humorously strange stories.

Pippi Longstocking has a number of  television and movie adaptions.

We have a copy of The Best of Pippi Longstocking which contains three books (Pippi Longstocking , Pippi Goes Aboard , and Pippi in the South Seas) in one volume. Upper Hutt Public Library has  Pippi Longstocking books available in the Children's section.

The above information has been adapted from here, here and here.

You can find more information about Astrid Lindgren and her books here.

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