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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
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Apr 08, 10

bookshelves: kids-books, read-in-2010
Read in April, 2010

i got this out of the library. it's a different translation & different art than the copy i own (which is the classic from when i was a kid). i mostly got it to look at the illustrations, which will never supplant the originals in my heart (i have an illustration from pippi goes on board on my leg), but...they're still pretty cool. to illustrate pippi's stockings, the illustrator actually cut out a photo of striped knit something into a stocking shape. pippi's dress is cut from what looks like real cloth. i am really, really into it. i am reminded of an illustrator who worked for "sassy" back when it was awesome & i had a subscription, & for an article on bathing suits, she actually cut out photos of real hair into the shapes of hair for the drawings of girls to accompany the copy. i thought this was BRILLIANT.

the translation is also somewhat different from the books to which i've grown accustomed. pippi's name is somewhat different (curlymint instead of mackrelmint? what?) & she believes her father has become kind of "the natives" as opposed to "the cannibals". i don't know if that's perhaps a more accurate translation, or if it reflects changing political attitudes. the cannibal thing did always make me a little uneasy, even though all the pippi books are rooted in enough fantasy that you can't take them entirely seriously. i hope the puffin classics i grew up with never go out of print, but this version was still a lot of fun.
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