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The Children of Noisy Village (Barnen i Bullerbyn #2)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  4,916 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Welcome to Noisy Village! Go crayfishing in the summer at Nocken, "dipping in the pot" at Christmastime with Lisa and Karl, and join Britta and Anna who know the best way to go about "nutting" for the New Year. In this gently humorous tale, master storyteller Astrid Lindgren takes us through a year in the lives and customs of six Swedish children living on a group of three ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 2nd 1988 by Puffin Books (first published 1949)
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Sheer delight. Seriously. I'm not sure when I've read a children's book that was so delightful. I found this book in "A Landscape with Dragons." The author called it the Little House on the Prairie of Sweden.

I had to keep stopping to read sections to whoever in my family would listen to me. See for yourself:

Mommy says she can't understand why it takes more than twice as long to walk home as it does to walk to school. I don't understand it either. But it just can't be helped.

As we were walking al

"Dzieci z Bullerbyn" to moja pierwsza myśl po przeczytaniu "Małego Księcia". To właśnie o tej książce mówi się w samych superlatywach, a i ja nigdy nie zaprzeczałem, że będąc dzieckiem niesamowicie czułem się wgłębiając się w rozkoszne życie, jakie panowało w Bullerbyn. Gdzie szkoła nie była tak straszna, jak moja na początku lat dziewięćdziesiątych; gdzie pani wychowawczyni była miła dla małych dzieci; gdzie cieszyć się można było ze zwykłego robienia ciasteczek o kszta
This is as lovely as I remember it being. A cute, light-hearted bunch of stories about kids growing up in Sweden. My mom used to read the Polish version to me when I was a kid. Definitely something I could see myself reading to my future children.
Okay, I am kind of excited! This is the first non-picture book my 5 year old finished with me. I had tried Pippi longstocking and the little prince and neither of those took, but my little one loved this book. It's so funny to me because this book is literally a book with no action in it. It's about a little girl named Lisa who lives with her two brothers in a small village with other kids. They go to school, celebrate holidays and just enjoy being kids. I have to assume my daughter liked it bec ...more
This book was excellent and confirms what I thought after I read Ronia the Robber's Daughter...which is that Astrid Lindgren is a wonderful author. The language in this book is totally different than in that book, because this book is told in the voice of the little girl, Lisa, who is the main character. The words are simple, but meaningful and capture her experiences just right! In Ronia, the story is told in the 3rd person and uses a different, more adult style of writing that worked beautiful ...more
Lucie Novak
My favourite children book series of all those books I ever read, if I have grand children, I must get it for them. Lives of 6 children in a tiny hamlet in Sweden, in Czech with beautiful illustrations of a Czech artist Zmatlikova, I read those books again and again.
When I first brought this book home from the library (based entirely on GR reviews), my 6-year-old son said it looked "lame." However...after I persisted in reading the first few chapters, he was completely won over. This is the charming story of a year in Noisy Village (really just a cluster of three small farms), in long ago Sweden. 1920s? They travel by foot or occasionally horse-drawn sled, but I think there might be mention of a truck. The Children of the title are three girls and three boy ...more
"The Children of Noisy Village" is such a wonderful book for children!
It is written by Astrid Lindgren, and I think much of the book was probably based on her own childhood growing up in Sweden in the early 1920's. I just loved reading about Anna, Britta, Karl, etc.. and all of their adventures in Noisy Village, a small group of 3 farms clustered together on the outskirts of town. The author makes you feel as if you are right there riding on the sleigh to school in the winter, searching for eggs
So, so sweet! It has some funny and cute moments, and some just ordinary moments that make you wish you lived in the olden days. It is perfect for a read-aloud because the chapters are short, have a couple of pictures, and tell a complete story. The last page is my favorite. You can skip ahead and read it, it won't ruin the story, but you won't feel the full effect of it unless you read the whole book first. Just a note, although there are seven children in the story, the protagonist is a girl ( ...more
Jako dítě jsem tuhle knížku měla snad ze všech nejraději, četla jsem ji mnohokrát a vlastně jsem ji nikdy úplně neodklidila do zapomnění. I tak mě ale překvapilo, s jakým nadšením na tyto příběhy ze života bullerbynských dětí reagovalo moje vlastní (předškolní) potomstvo. Žádné princezny, draci a trpaslíci, ale zážitky normálních, trochu divočejších a rozhodně šikovných a podnikavých dětí v idylickém koutě švédského venkova, to je něco! :) Užili jsme si to úplně všichni, je to skutečně nesmrteln ...more
I read it the first time when i was in 2nd grade, that was the time when i start to be able to read fluently and like reading so much. An uncle bought me this, the first thick book i've ever received at that moment. I really liked it and sometimes daydreaming if i were one of Lisa's friend and pretend that i were one of the Bullerbyn kids. I really wanted to live there and be kid forever T.T only when my family moved to the new house i lost the book, i was really sad cause it was my favorite boo ...more
Faith Hough
I read this aloud to my girls, who absolutely loved it. They are currently pretending to be Swedish children and re-naming all their dolls after the characters. :)
My children loved this book! A gentle, humorous story about six kids in rural Sweden I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read aloud for kids. The chapters are short and easy to read making it prefect for kids who are comfortable reading on their own but might not enjoy long chapter books.

Lisa is an observant, spunky nine year old girl who lives on one of three Farms in a row. There are six kids altogether between the three farms and locals call that place "Noisy Village".
Cynthia Egbert
I finished this last night and it was simply adorable. Captures a childlike attitude perfectly. A wonderful read that would be ideal for a parent to share aloud with a child. I have read the Pippi Longstocking books by this author, but I am now exploring her further.
How I longed to live in Noisy Village! Lindgren's charming depiction of a small Swedish town appealed to my desire to live in a different era (I still maintain I was born in the wrong time period.) The Noisy Village is sort of a jigsaw puzzle picture in story form.
A lesser known book by the author of Pippi Longstocking . . . I'm anxious for my little ones to read it. I love how each chapter is its own story and the kids could just read a chapter and not feel like they have to keep reading . . . especially my reluctant reader.
In Poland this book is known under the title Kids of Bullerbyn. Very nice story about six kids living far from big city - they make friendships, have their own duties at home and do many, amny things apart from that.
Cute little storybook that works wonderfully as a read aloud for young children. I read it in the hopes of getting a very Swedish feel, but there were only some aspects that stuck out as "Swedish". Also, I wasn't always sure what was Swedish and what was due to a different time period.

There is a lot of gender issues here. I had to stop reading to explain to the kids that it's silly to think only boys get in trouble or that boys should play with boys and girls with girls. The kids in my class jus
Dec 06, 2007 Janel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children
Shelves: classics
I read this every year around the holidays from about 3-6th grade. It is a great story, more aimed toward girls
Oct 14, 2008 Natalia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children
This is my MOST favorite book of all times! I must've read it over a dozen times as a kid.
Favourite book from my childhood. Far better than "Anne of Green Gables" :P
Lisa ist einfach so ein süßes Mädchen. <3
i enjoyed this. it's no pippi, but i enjoyed it.
"The Children of Noisy Village" is my favorite childhood book. I decided to add it to my multicultural list because I have learned a lot from it and even though it has been written a long while ago, I feel children today still can learn a lot from it. What I have learned about this book is something kids today can learn from it as well. Living in the city or town, children have a hard time imagining what life on a farm might look like. From how children play, who they play with and what are thei ...more
Same author as Pippi Longstocking but a much quieter book. Simple story of children living on three adjoining farms in Sweden (I think the kids are cousins, but it is not completely clear). Each story is a stand alone story. May of the stories are tied in to holidays. The action is really low here but they are sweet stories that work for kindergarten and below. I don't know that we will come back to this one again and again, but it was a nice read.
Kids ages when first read: 7 and 5 1/2. Pippi Longstocking, to my shock, left my girls cold (we never made it more than halfway through the first book), but they LOVED this. Lisa and her brothers and friends captured their imagination and delight, and at least once in every chapter they were in stitches of laughter. Carl enjoyed reading it to them, too, especially with his Swedish heritage!
Czarny Pies
Oct 01, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with young children.
Shelves: scandinavian-lit
Astrid Lindgren wrote a lot more than Pipi Longstocking tales. Dzieci z Bullerbyn (a.k.a. the Children of Noisy Village) was certainly a great favourite of my children. Perhaps even more so it was a great pleasure for my wife and I to read these tales to our two sons.

Try it with your own children if you come across a copy at your local library.
Tomasz Bogusz
Czytałem Dzieci z Bullerbyn jako dziecko i drugi raz jako osoba dorosła (o ile mogę tak siebie nazwać), bez mrugnięcia okiem znosząc szyderstwa rodziny, która nie potrafiła wykrzesać pojedynczego, mądrego słowa na temat czytania pięknych książek. Zarówno za pierwszym, jak i za drugim razem sprawiała mi ona tyle samo radochy.
W odróżnieniu od Przygód Mikołajka, Dzieci z Bullerbyn to historia, która w żadnym wypadku nie wydaje się wyreżyserowana. To jak pamiętniki z pięknych czasów, pełnych swobod
So sweet - I loved the conversational way it was written and the beautiful life it described. Similar to The Wheel on the School in many ways (the locale, the innocence) but with even more vivid characters.
I always liked Pippi, but growing up I spent more time reading about Noisy Village. Who wouldn't want to be a Swedish farm child after reading this?

The chapter when Lisa gets her own bedroom is on my list of Rooms I Want to Live In.

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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.
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