- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (May 30 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140309578
- ISBN-13: 978-0140309577
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pippi Longstocking Paperback – May 30 1988
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"A rollicking story of Pippi who lives without any grownups in a little house at the edge of the village. The matter-of-fact way in which her absurd adventures are related is one of the chief charms of this story."
About the Author
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born in Sweden. After college, she worked in a newspaper office and a Swedish publishing house. Her most famous and beloved book, Pippi Longstocking, was originally published in Swedish in 1950, and was later translated into many other languages. It was followed by two sequels, Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Seas. Ms. Lindgren had a long, prolific career, writing more than 100 picture books, poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. In 1958, she won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international award in children's literature.
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J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
in this way astrid and pippi are my always and sweet friends.
The cannibal reference appears in the first chapter. It has received much controversy, most of it undeserved when directed against Lindgren who wrote successfully for the mindset of Scandinavians three generations ago. Black people were so obscure in Nordic society seventy years ago that when one did appear he/she would be an object of great curiosity. Whispers and rumours would abound. Blacks were exotic. As I recall, most children interpreted the concept of cannibalism as a whimsical exaggeration of black culture mythology (or some such mindset). The idea of one human being eating another human was exceedingly was funny because of course that could never happen in real life.
These days, however, children live in a very different world and I believe there is a moral and ethical reason for some children’s literature authored years ago to be changed to weed out racial and cultural biases. Or, failing that, at least try to explain and clarify, by insertions or footnotes, what the author originally intended. As an example, consider the word “gay.” Fifty or a hundred years ago an author might use that word in reference to being cheerful. Today it will primarily refer to sexual orientation. New editions of children’s books should strive to reflect modern sensitivities.
As far as the readability of this English interpretation of Pippi, for the modern child, is concerned, I was not convinced that it would fascinate and entertain. There are quite a number of quaint words of objects and concepts that will be incomprehensible to the digitally raised, 21st century child. Much of the irony will not be understood. Pippi’s behaviour, her antics, her lies, her self-centredness, can be endearing but I’m afraid many children will simply label them as boringly stupid. My grandchild will not have to struggle with this book which I found to now be culturally antiquated. I apologize to my Swedish cousins.
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