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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)
Children of Noisy Village (The)
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
The Children of the Noisy Village follows the lives of six children and their families living on their neighbouring farms in the middle of the countryside – North Farm, South Farmhouse and Middle Farmhouse. Everybody calls them the Noisy Village because the children who live there are very noisy indeed!
The narrator is Lisa, who lives with her two brothers at Middle Farm. The book opens with Lisa’s seventh birthday and is followed by stories describing their daily family life and everyday incidents, which are often turned into adventures by the children as they play together. Walking home from school turns into a pirate party looking for treasure; a trip to the local shoemaker becomes a mission to save one lonely dog from his grumpy owner; going crayfishing in the summer or ‘nutting’ for the New Year.
This is a charming collection of stories from one of the world's best-loved children's authors Astrid Lindgren as it takes the reader through a year in the lives of the children of Noisy Village providing cultural nuances of Swedish customs and depicting the traditional rural life in pre-war Sweden which was described by the author as ‘The Little House on the Prairie of Sweden’.
Lindgren structured the book as a series of simple self-contained stories and this new edition by OUP with charming black and white illustrations by Mini Grey, (earlier editions with illustrations by Tony Ross), bring the children and their escapades to life.
There are two further titles in the Noisy Village series: Happy Times in Noisy Village and Nothing But Fun in Noisy Village.