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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 9-11
Nine years old Pippi Longstocking lives in Villa Villekulla all by herself with a horse, a monkey called Mr Nilsson and a big suitcase full of gold coins. A unique and feisty child, she soon makes it clear to the grown-ups in the village that she has no intention of conforming. She has other ideas, much preferring to spend her days arranging exciting adventures or entertaining her next-door neighbours, Tommy and Annika with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of playing tag with the Police, causing havoc at the circus, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail.
Generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking and will continue to do so as the stories about Pippi are timeless. Astrid Lindgren once commented, 'I write to amuse the child within me, and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way, too.' With delightful black and white drawings by Tony Ross, Pippi is part of a series of Astrid Lindgren books that are being published by OUP.