· Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren is a Swedish born author. She was born as Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson on 1907 in Vimmerby in the province of Smaland, in Southern Sweden where she grew up on a farm. Her early childhood was spent with cows and discovering hidden forest paths. Astrid was born to liberal parents, the second of four children of Samuel August, a tenant farmer, and Hanna Jonsson Ericsson. During their childhood years, they were nurtured into storytelling; and were taught how to use their imagination and creativity in the world of Literature. Her childhood years were full of love and laughter, which came from her parents. Many of the settings and characters in Astrid’s books can be traced back to her own childhood. Astrid Lindgren’s excellence as a writer is known the world over. No Swedish author has been translated into as many languages, and the estimated number of her books sold to date world-wide is approximately 150 million copies!
The most world-famous character of them all is, of course, Pippi Longstocking. The books about her have been translated into 70 languages – as of 2015. The English newspaper, The Daily Telegraph wrote, concerning Pippi Longstocking, that she is a Swedish superhero who “would make mincemeat out of Voldemort. Not only that, but because she is so generous and forgiving she would defeat Harry Potter’s mightiest enemy, and then give him gingerbread biscuits afterwards.” So that’s how powerful Pippi is – that she can beat one of the strongest characters of today in the English world of children’s literature.
Independent, kind, strong, adventurous and brave!
Nine-year-old Pippi is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed. She is playful and unpredictable. She frequently makes fun of unreasonable adult attitudes, especially when displayed by pompous and condescending adults. Pippi's anger is reserved for the most extreme cases, such as when a man ill-treats his horse. In a Peter Pan-like vein, Pippi does not want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and as such has adventurous stories to tell. She has four best friends: two animals (her horse and monkey) and two humans (the neighbour's children Tommy and Annika).
The first three Pippi chapter books were published in 1945–1948, with an additional series of six books published in 1969–1975. Two final stories were printed in 1979 and 2000. The books have been translated into 70 languages and adapted into several films and television series.