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review 2017-02-11 21:58
Pippi in the South Seas - Astrid Lindgren

I prefer the second book to this one, but it was alright. It didn't seem at all familiar to me, so I don't think I ever got around to reading this one even though I own it. It's slightly uncomfortable at times with the way they refer to the natives of the island... And Tommy can be quite the bully to his sister sometimes! Also, there's a girl called Moana. :)

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review 2017-02-05 22:55
Pippi Goes on Board - Florence Lamborn,Nancy Seligsohn,Astrid Lindgren

I like this book more than the first. I didn't find Pippi so annoying in this one.

These books do have quite the nostalgic element to them for me. I loved each of Pippi's adventures as a child. :)

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review 2016-12-13 02:32
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren,Nancy Seligsohn,Florence Lamborn

I definitely enjoyed this one much more when I was a child. As an adult, I find Pippi annoying at times. It's still a fun book, but there are other children's books I'd much rather read over again.

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review 2016-11-09 17:26
Out on the 22
War Diaries, 1939–1945 - Astrid Lindgren,Sarah Death

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

Like most young girls, my introduction to Lindgren was via the Pippi Longstocking books. I have to admit, though, I prefer Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. I’m not sure why. Pippi has the horse after all. Despite my love for Pippi and Ronia, I do not know much about Lindgren’s personal life. The War Diaries, covering the years 1949-1945, go some way to correct that oversight.

The ARC I read notes that the diaries were a combination of newspaper clippings and Lindgren’s own entries. The ARC does not include the clippings, but in some cases, provides summaries, but the clippings are largely absent. This is somewhat understandable considering that they too would have to be translated. Still, the absence is felt in some ways, mostly because at time Lindgren is writing in response to them and the historical context would be a little welcome for the American reader. Even someone who has a good general knowledge of the Second World War will look up a few things that she mentions.

This criticism does not mean that the diaries are not worth reading because they are. It isn’t just because the war diaries cover the period of Lindgren’s work on Pippi Longstocking but because they give another perspective to the war. Lindgren is writing as a Swede whose life is affected by the war, but no way near the way it affected those that lived in the Nazi controlled countries or even in parts of London. There are fears of food shortages, but Lindgren does seem to live in a time, if not quite pretty, then not that of shortage either.

Yet, the diaries do contain a dose of fear of what could come and what is happening. Lindgren reports rumors as they come be they from the European mainland or the British Isles. What also comes across quite clearly is her anger at Hitler and those in power for the destruction of civilization. This almost seems like an over the top statement, but it isn’t, not really.

The diaries are not simply filled with war news, but also with the struggles of surviving during war time and the realities of everyday life. Lindgren writes about the concerns that she has for her husband and her children, in particular how they are doing during their schooling. The diaries are wonderful contrast of the ordinary with the outrage.

Sounds frighteningly timely.

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review 2016-10-21 23:32
Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking - Florence Lamborn,Nancy Seligsohn,Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking, is such a cute book to read to your class!! Pippi is a little girl who has bright read hair, and silly pigtails! She is super wacky and goes one adventure after another! Pippi does like being told what to do by her parents, but she is such a sweet little girl! With this book, you can make a cute activity where the whole class can make their very own long stocking!This book is geared towards kindergarten-2nd!

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