SUMMARY × Pippi Långstrump

REVIEW Pippi Långstrump

SUMMARY × Pippi Långstrump Æ Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor and her name is Pippi Longstocking She has crazy red pigtails no parents to tell her what to do a horse that lives on her porch and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another back coverS crazy red pigtails no parents to tell her what to do a horse that lives on her porch an. Original review Sep 4 2018I'm trying to improve my miserable Italian and when we were in Italy a couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of children's books intending to use my normal method of just reading them without a dictionary and picking things up So far it's working well I loved Il Mago di Oz and this one was also very enjoyable I think I'd read about two third of the episodes previously in Swedish or German but some of them were newReading in a language you're not familiar with forces you to slow down and think about what you're seeing When I've read Pippi before I've simply enjoyed the story which is hilarious But this time crawling along in my Italian first gear I started to wonder whether there was any underlying message beneath the non stop stream of jokes It seems to me that there is Pippi cares deeply about children's rights She is always on the child's side against the adults and now she makes me think about how we don't in fact care very much about children's rightsThe fact that children have very few real rights is highlighted by the fact that it is as far as I know universally accepted that they should not have the right to vote Of course the adults have their arguments well prepared children are too young to know how to use their votes intelligently they'd just be manipulated by unscrupulous adult politicians etc These arguments would sit better if they hadn't also been used against the idea of enfranchising women Switzerland was very late to the table here and only gave women the vote in 1971 A few months ago we saw an exhibition of posters from the two referendum campaigns The No side kept making the point that those poor women just wouldn't know how to use the power they'd receive and would be tugged in all directions by forces they didn't comprehend Well that may be true but unfortunately it applies eually well to male voters In fact giving women the vote seems to have worked out fine for SwitzerlandI wonder what would happen if the voting age were reduced to nine the age that Tommy Annika and Pippi are in the book Maybe those kids would make crazy decisions like voting to abolish homework and give themselves extra candy every day Or maybe they'd do something even crazier and vote for massive investment in renewable energy better education and higher taxes to pay for all of it This strikes me as pretty sensible strategy for people who are expecting to spend the next sixty or seventy years living here they'd be inclined to think long term Why is it obvious that they would make worse decisions than voters at the other end of their lives who tend to be eually hazy about the issues and won't have to deal with the conseuences for very long No one would dream of taking the vote away from pensioners; but somehow it seems eually far fetched to give the vote to childrenOf course it won't happen at the end of the day the adult voters would never approve it because it would mean giving up too much power The only possible chance would be if a child emerged who had the charisma and strength to organise the kids create the movement and lead it to success But there is no such child Children aren


Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor and her name is Pippi Longstocking She ha. I'm in bed again today with some type of nasty bug a relapse from last weeka traveling flu bug cold allergies It's now in my chestRight when I'm reading the interview on Goodreads from Fredrick Backman about his new HIT novel BEARTOWN my doorbell rings A delivery guy brought a huge vase of flowers from our daughter Katy Tomorrow is Mother's Day sweet daughterPaul got the door brought the flowers to the nightstand next to my bed I told Paul what I had just read about Fredrick Backman brought back memories for usWhen Backman was asked what his favorite books were he saidhis biggest hero is Astrid Lindgren who wrote Pippi Longstocking and his favorite book of all time The Brothers Lionheart a book I'm now curious to read myselfPaul and I immediately started thinking about our daughter who played the title role of Pippi Longstocking in the world premiere Bay Area musical when she was 11 years old While looking at my mother's Day flowers from our 35 year old daughter Fredrick brought back an abundance of memories The copy of this book is packed away in a keepsake box It's filled with lots signatures from cast members congrats luv notes from mom dadThe play was performed at The Montgomery theater downtown San Jose Tons of production work went into a 'new pre premier' musical In the opening sceneKaty had those red funny looking braids in her hair A red and white striped T shirt Red and white striped leggings and roller skates on her feet The stage was empty The opening musical number begins with her skating onto the stage singing a very catchy solo tune long run together rhythmic sentences singing while skating that she is Pippi Longstocking The strongest Little Girl in the World The play followed the book plus music Great story with a monkey a horse and two best friends Great cast fun show lots of happiness from everyone There is one very sad part of this memory About six months after this show ended the director not musical director died of AIDS It was the very first person that our daughter knew who died of AIDS He was a young talented wonderful man Before he died a couple of weeks before there was a huge life celebration in Don's honor Don was in a wheelchair at Vasona Park Families and friends people in his theater world kids in the Pippi show all came I remember like yesterday Still brings tears to my eyes so Pippi was the last play he directed too If I had not read The Goodreads interview with Fredrick Backman today mail backed up for weeksI would have missed this recall memoryThank you for those who read thisWishing ALL THE CARETAKERS of children and Mothers everywhere a HAPPY MOTHER'S day tomorrow

Astrid Lindgren Þ 1 SUMMARY

Pippi LångstrumpD a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another back cover. Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking originally published in Swedish as Pippi Långstrump in 1945 is likely one of the most well known and famous Swedish children's books of all time; it has been translated into than 50 languages and is still globally loved and admired The original concept for the novel originated in 1944 when Astrid Lindgren's then seven year old daughter was ill with pneumonia and Lindgren told her imaginative stories about a fantastical and mischievous little girl named Pippi Longstocking The stories were thus originally orally transmitted and might have remained so if Astrid Lindgren herself had not hurt her ankle later that same year While she was recuperating she decided to put the Pippi Longstocking stories to paper One of the manuscripts she presented to her daughter as a birthday present the other she sent to a Swedish publishing house Bonnier Bonnier rejected the manuscript but as in the meantime Astrid Lindgren had won second place for a traditional girls' story in a writing competition sponsored by renowned Swedish publisher Rabén Sjörgen she decided to rewrite the Pippi Longstocking manuscript and submit it to the same competition and awards committee for the following year; Lindgren's story promptly won first prize and the novel was published as Pippi Långstrump by Rabén Sjörgen Not only do I find the history of the origins and publication details of Pippi Longstocking fascinating for their own sake the whole and entire fact that the Pippi stories originated as oral tales also shows that oral tradition is alive and well that oral story telling has not been all that greatly diminished by books by the written tradition that oral story telling still engenders still often is the birthplace of the written wordI originally read Pippi Longstocking in German as Pippi Langstrumpf when I was about nine years old; in fact my reread in 2011 was the very first time I had read Astrid Lindgren in English Although I remember enjoying reading about Pippi Longstocking and count Astrid Lindgren as one of my all time favourite children's authors Pippi Longstocking herself has actually never been one of my most beloved Lindgren characters I have always liked Madicken Emil the children of Noisy Village Lotta and Ronja considerably than I ever liked Pippi And while I have gained a greater appreciation and love for Pippi Longstocking as a character as a result of my 2011 reread she is still not an absolute favourite nor do I think she will ever become thisAnd I do think that my GR friend Emily has hit the nail on the head when she recently mentioned in a discussion thread on Pippi Longstocking in the Children's Literature Group that she would enjoy Pippi Longstocking much as a character if she were not so invincible if she did not possess such unlimited powers and wealth To me Pippi's superhuman strength and general invincibility have actually tended to make at least some of the episodes a bit dull and monotonous as there really is never much tension or the possibility of Pippi failing perhaps not rescuing the children from the fire perchance falling out of the tree there is never even the