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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
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Nov 21, 08

bookshelves: kids-books, especially-great-novels, read-in-2008, read-in-2006, feminist-y-books, read-in-2007, read-in-2009
Recommended for: everyone, red-headed children, curmudgeonly types, everyone!
Read in April, 2008, read count: a millionty eleven

i read all the pippi longstocking books once a year, usually in the spring, in an effort to re-connect with the child-like power of possibility that usually dies in me every winter. this book is of course classic pippi, the first of the pippi books, in which she becomes friends with tommy & annika & introduces them to her worldview through spring cleaning & trees where chocolate & soda pop grow. I LOVE THE PIPPI BOOKS. i even went as pippi longstocking for halloween when i was eight. as much as i love all the pippi books, this is probably the best one because it seems the most innocent. my only word of warning: part of pippi's charm is that she has traveled all over the world as the daughter of a pirate capatain. she has been everywhere, & so she often regales her friends & foes with long stories about how people do things in other parts of the world. these stories are, of course, patently untrue, but in some cases, they could appear to be ringing the bells of xenophobia or racism. after giving the matter a lot of thought, i concluded that this wasn't really lindgren's intent. pippi is never ever hateful, to anyone. & the only thing she really disrespects is the expectation that she has to conduct herself with adult-like decorum. her stories tell tales of people all over the world, including americans (pippi & her friends are swedish). they were written in the fifties, i believe (maybe a bit before) & lindgren was a great social activist (especially for animal rights) who i'm sure wouldn't have wanted to play on anyone's xenophobic fears & sterotypes. okay.
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