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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)
Meet Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
Nine-year-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. Pippi can do anything. There’s nobody to tell her what to do or to be sensible so life is just one big adventure and next-door neighbours, Annette and Tommy love to play with Pippi and hear her outrageous stories. Pippi is feisty and so strong she can lift a horse; so clever she’s able to outsmart the robbers who break in to steal her gold coins and she can plan the best birthday party ever!
Swedish author Astrid Lindgren wrote the first Pippi story in 1945. Since then generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking and will continue to do so as the stories about Pippi are timeless. 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.”
The delightful classic pen and ink line drawings by Ingrid Vang Nyman, the original illustrator of the Pippi stories, are full of technical precision. The distinctive colours –red, black and grey together with the detail enhance the story and help to set the scene. Vang Nyman was familiar with the latest printing techniques and used to separate the colours herself to achieve the desired result. Translated by Elizabeth Kallik Dyssegaard, this new edition celebrates 75 years of ‘the strongest girl in the world’ and is a perfect introduction to Pippi for a younger audience.