Top 100 Children’s Books: #95 Pippi Longstocking

As mentioned briefly here, I am joining Amber at The Literary Wife in an informal reading challenge of sorts as we read and blog our way through  the top 100 children’s books as voted on by readers of Elizabeth Bird’s A Fuse #8 Production.

Lindgren, Astrid.  Pippi Longstocking.  (1950).  New York: Viking Children’s. ISBN: 9780670557455

What is it about Pippi that makes her so universally appealing?  Her house where she lives by herself and does what she pleases?  Her pet monkey?  Her horse?  Her superhuman strength?  Her willingness to do anything, try anything, say anything?  I think it is all of that and more.  Pippi loves life, and she loves all of it, even making cookies and scrubbing the floor.  She loves her friends fiercely, and even the adults that don’t always understand her can see her loyalty and kindness.

I was sitting here thinking about how many times I had read this–too many to count.  And also that for me, unlike other children’s books I read when I was in the target age group, that I didn’t want to be Pippi, but I longed to be Tommy and Annika so that I could be Pippi’s good friend.  I was also remembering the 1988 movie version, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Not a literal exact translation of the book to film, nonetheless, very true to the spirit of the book and the spirit of Pippi.  That has a nice ring to it, the spirit of Pippi.  Would that we all would have a little of her spirit!

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