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Do you remember the Pippi Longstocking books and movie?
She was 'born' on November 26th, 1945 to Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren.
Despite being a fictional character she developed a following amongst young girls greater than could have ever been anticipated. Entering the world as a 9 year old, she was an unconventional girl with odd socks, freckles and bright red pig tails.
Pippi was far from a role model as you could have ever created, yet her antics and hilarious ways made her just that. One could even consider it 'Pippi Mania'!
Pippi Longstocking became famous in a series of children's books and it was not long before their popularity and success saw them adapted into film and a television series.
Pippi Longstocking's features
Pippi Longstocking was created with some clever and in many ways unconventional features. Her parents were no longer alive and Pippi lived with her pet monkey and horse.
- She was assertive yet frequently mocked adults she met on her adventures.
- She was a liar and an eccentric (financially) independent girl.
- She could shoot a revolver and even sail on seas.
- She was super strong and could even lift her own horse.
Pippi Longstocking, as Peter Pan, never wanted to grow up.
Did you know?
Author Astrid Lindgren was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1958 due to her outstanding contribution children's literature internationally.
Pippi Longtocking Books and Movies
Pippi Longstocking Books
The first 3 Pippi Longstocking books were published from 1945 to 1948. A further 6 books were then published over 6 years from 1969. The final 2 stories were published in 1979 and the year 2000.
Amazingly the books have been translated into an incredible 64 different languages.
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
Book in Review:
Pippi Longstocking is delightful girl of 9 years who lives alone with two of her favourite pets; a monkey and a horse. Her run-down house, Villa Villekulla, is right next door to siblings Tommy and Annika whom she befriends and together they are inseparable.
This story is full of adventure, frolics and fun. It is way-out wacky and yet holds many hidden truths. She dances with burglars who have robbed her house and she fights with Adolf, the circus strong man, all the while showing children the value of self esteem and knowledge that once you set your mind on doing something you have the power to achieve.
Pippi does not care what others think of her and freely speaks her mind.
She flaunts her powers and supernatural strengths and even entertains herself with guns. She is rude, arrogant, foolish and bad yet somehow absolutely perfect.
Some other great books include:
- Pippi Goes to School
- Pippi Goes on Board
- Pippi in the South Sea
- Pippi Goes to the Circus
- Pippi's Extraordinary Ordinary Day
Was Pippi Controversial?
Many a word has been written on Pippi Longstocking and her antics. Many have even suggested that her adventures as told in her much-loved books, are racist. Controversial maybe, but racist?
In particular, in the book, "Pippi in the South Seas" there are many comments regarding black children and white children.
Without judgment read them for yourselves.
You will note very promptly that she is fiercely opposed to any form of violence (particularly to animals, since she shares a house with a monkey and a horse herself) and definitely against racism.
Remembering Pippi Longstocking
These days Pippi Longstocking can be found in many different ways, shapes and sizes.
Books, VHS Movies, DVDs, Books, Dolls and even dress up costumes and wigs so the grown ups who grew up with her can re-live their childhood all over again.
A parting thought...."Did Pippi Longstocking influence children in her unique way, as Harry Potter has today?"
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Ethan on January 09, 2015:
Ugh. I've been working on a post about my diatsste for all things Disney and Princess for a long time. I cringed when a waiter the other night asked if the little princess wanted some milk...I could go on. Have you read, "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" by Peggy Orenstein? I read it when I felt like I was the only anti-princess person on the planet. We're currently battling an infestation at our house as the rest of the family seems to think if we won't buy pink princess stuff for our daughter they HAVE too. How dare we let her live without it? L. got "Beauty and the Beast" when she was just barely a year old. It has to be one of my least favorites. Against my better judgement I let her watch it one day and she asks for it all the time (she calls it "Beastie Beast")...
Ali on December 24, 2014:
Oh Kate, your recall of Swallows and Amazons is aminzag. I couldn't remember what had happened to the mother there. I must admit, after Damon posed his questions about exceptions I got really stuck - I could only think of Marmee but then again, 'Little Women' was considered a more grown-up book in its time than it is now so almost transcends the child lit category. And I did think of the mother in the Railway Children but she was so sad and lonely that she almost falls into the 'emotionally disabled' category. (There are lot of ill mothers in youth lit - Gus' mother in my novel 'Zarconi's' had cancer). If you don't disempower the mother in some way, it's hard for the kids to prove themselves. And if the father is left on the scene, he's often got big issues of his own which the kid either escapes or resolves - Huck Finn's dad was a drunkard, Danny (the champion of the world) had a gorgeous father in big trouble - I'm struggling to think of any classic kid's book that has two healthy and functioning parents!
Madeleine Salin from Finland on May 05, 2012:
Great hub about Pippi Longstocking! I love this girl and I love the author Astrid Lindgren. All her children's books are brilliant. I've written a hub about the author and some of her books. Voted up!
WorkAtHomeMums (author) from Australia on May 02, 2012:
She is one of a kind. Thank you.
DragonBallSuper on May 02, 2012:
You've written a great hub about Pippi Longstocking. I've enjoy reading the story again. Perfect! Voted UP and awesome!