5.0 out of 5 stars
Sexist Back Blurb?, Feb. 3 2012
Pippi Longstocking is one of the best children's books ever written. It's written from the point-of-view of a non-gendered omniscient narrator, about a strong independent girl, Pippi. Her next-door neighbours, Tommy and Annika, are a brother/sister pair that do everything together.
I bought this Puffin Modern Classics version of the book for my little girls, as I actively seek out stories that have strong non-Princess female protagonists.
Then I noticed that the back blurb of the book says:
"Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbour, and her name is Pippi Longstocking."
What the heck, Puffin? The book is NOT about Tommy. Are you afraid to market a product that isn't from a male perspective?
I wish I would have bought a different printed version, because the book is incredible. But, I fixed it, by cutting out the words "his sister" with an exacto knife! ;)