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. Tommy And His Sister Annika Have A New Neighbor, And Her Name Is Pippi Longstocking She Has Crazy Red Pigtails, No Parents To Tell Her What To Do, A Horse That Lives On Her Porch, And A Flair For The Outrageous That Seems To Lead To One Adventure After Another Back Cover Pippi L ngstrump Pippi Longstocking, Astrid LindgrenPippi Longstocking Swedish Pippi L ngstrump is the main character in an eponymous series of children s books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren Pippi was named by Lindgren s daughter Karin, then nine years old like Pippi, who asked her mother for a get well story when she was off school Pippi is red haired, freckled, unconventional and superhumanly strong able to lift her horse one handed She is playful and unpredictable She often makes fun of unreasonable adults, especially if they are pompous and condescending Her anger comes out in extreme cases, such as when a man ill treats his horse Pippi, like Peter Pan, does not want to grow up She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and has adventure stories to tell about that too Her four best friends are her horse and monkey, and the neighbours children, Tommy and Annika 2010 1349 152 1378 1379 1381 9646641784 9647100930 1394 173 9786001216626 20 1380 135 9644173346 1382 1 2 3. 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 L ngstrump 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 Or ttvist 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 havethan 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 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 feelandcertain 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. Original review, Sep 4 2018 I m trying to improve my miserable Italian, and when we were in Italy a couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of children s books, intending to use my normal method of just reading them without a dictionary and picking things up So far, it s working well I loved Il Mago di Oz, and this one was also very enjoyable I think I d read about two third of the episodes previously in Swedish or German, but some of them were new.Reading in a language you re not familiar with forces you to slow down and think about what you re seeing When I ve read Pippi before, I ve simply enjoyed the story, which is hilarious But this time, crawling along in my Italian first gear, I started to wonder whether there was any underlying message beneath the non stop stream of jokes It seems to me that there is Pippi cares deeply about children s rights She is always on the child s side against the adults, and now she makes me think about how we don t, in fact, care very much about children s rights.The fact that children have very few real rights is highlighted by the fact that it is, as far as I know, universally accepted that they should not have the right to vote Of course, the adults have their arguments well prepared children are too young to know how to use their votes intelligently, they d just be manipulated by unscrupulous adult politicians, etc These arguments would sit better if they hadn t also been used against the idea of enfranchising women Switzerland was very late to the table here, and only gave women the vote in 1971 A few months ago, we saw an exhibition of posters from the two referendum campaigns The No side kept making the point that those poor women just wouldn t know how to use the power they d receive, and would be tugged in all directions by forces they didn t comprehend Well, that may be true but unfortunately, it applies equally well to male voters In fact, giving women the vote seems to have worked out fine for Switzerland.I wonder what would happen if the voting age were reduced to nine, the age that Tommy, Annika and Pippi are in the book Maybe those kids would make crazy decisions, like voting to abolish homework and give themselves extra candy every day Or maybe they d do something even crazier, and vote for massive investment in renewable energy, better education, and higher taxes to pay for all of it This strikes me as pretty sensible strategy for people who are expecting to spend the next sixty or seventy years living here they d beinclined to think long term Why is it obvious that they would make worse decisions than voters at the other end of their lives, who tend to be equally hazy about the issues and won t have to deal with the consequences for very long No one would dream of taking the vote away from pensioners but somehow, it seems equally far fetched to give the vote to children.Of course, it won t happen at the end of the day, the adult voters would never approve it, because it would mean giving up too much power The only possible chance would be if a child emerged who had the charisma and strength to organise the kids, create the movement, and lead it to success But there is no such child Children aren t like that, and so the adults are safe.Ah, if only the heroine of this book existed Pippi for president Update, Apr 24 2019 Correction Greta Thunberg for president Well, you gotta admit I was close. Astrid Lindgren s Pippi Longstocking originally published in Swedish as Pippi L ngstrump in 1945 is likely one of the most well known and famous Swedish children s books of all time it has been translated intothan 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 Rab n Sj rgen, 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 L ngstrump by Rab n Sj rgen 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 considerablythan 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 muchas 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 any 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. 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 itwhen 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 herof 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 Published in English as Pippi LongstockingWhere do I even start Should I open with a standard guilty disclaimer for disliking yet another childhood staple How about a shameful admission that reading between the lines has never worked for me Or perhaps a simple statement about being too old to enjoy children s books First and foremost, we have the super duper awesome Pippi, who, despite being an orphaned 9 year old, is filthy rich, strong, independent, and does whatever the hell she pleases, albeit firmly within the boundaries of kindness At the same time, our enterprising heroine s antics are almost always compared to her friends complete rule abiding behavior, making the latter seem a prerequisite of sorts.The end result is a story made up of an odd mix of eff the rules vs rules exist for a reason Should children follow Pippi s lead in beingindependent, thinking for themselves and always questioning authority before conforming Or should they go the tried and true route, like Tommy and Annika did, and thus managing to seamlessly integrate into the adult society.I kept being baffled by Pippi s immediate hostility in non threatening situations being quizzed on her Math knowledge at school , or her default kindness in clearly threatening situations serving cookies to burglars who just tried to rob her.Most of the time however, it seemed impossible not to pity the poor girl constantly being told that she lacked manners, yet never explaining the how and whys of them Even the school teacher, otherwise the nicest adult Pippi comes in contact with, ends up suggesting that Pippi come back later, in lieu of learning to behave.Did she think Pippi was an unripe fruit, that d magically gain manners after being left out in the sun for a bit Score 2 5 starsI swear I tried to read up on reviews both favorable and unfavorable Except for Manny s explanation regarding children s rights, or rather, lack thereof, none of them helped shed a light on the book s message.For all that I m not normally expecting to have a moral at the end of a story, Pippi s story felt like it was trying to hit you with it over the head If only I could figure out what the anvil sized lesson was all about The Girl With The Dragon Boots Having 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.