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The Little Lovable Imp
If anyone was to define the works of Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author, there is absolutely no doubt that the name of Pippi Longstocking would be the first one that would come to their mind. Pippi Longstocking is certainly the most popular character of Astrid Lindgren, a character who has been widely publicized in America also, in several television shows and in the print media.
Astrid Lindgren wrote ten books in all about this very colorful character of hers named Pippi Longstocking, who was actually named Pippi Långstrump in her original Swedish version. Some of the more common books about her include Pippi Longstocking, Pippi goes on Board, Pippi in the South Seas, Pippi on the Run, Pippi after Christmas Party and Pippi Longstocking in the Park.
One of the most striking characteristics of Pippi Longstocking is her goofy - almost eccentric - behavior. She is very different from other kids her age. She wants things to be done her way and most times she goes to great lengths to make that happen. For a child, she is very intelligent too. There are several instances where she has conned adults to get things done her way. This is actually where the great fun in reading the Pippi Longstocking books lies.
Even appearance-wise, she is quite different. She ties up her orange hair in very tight plaits so they stick out from both sides of her head. This appearance of hers has become a kind of a cultural icon for child literature. She is also always shown to be very happy and exuberant, always with a smile and almost always performing a dancing step with her nimble toes. She has several friends; almost everyone is a friend, but her most precious companions are Mr. Nilsson her pet monkey and Little Old Man her pet horse. Her other friends include Tommy and Annika, her neighbors. All of Pippi Longstocking's adventures are with her friends in tow.
She is also exceptionally strong. She can do very bizarre things on account of her strength, such as lifting her horse from one place to another and throwing people across a room! In one place it is said that Pippi Longstocking has the strength of ten full-grown men. But that is what the charm of the character is. It helps her to get what she wants.
Pippi is also somewhat boorish. She hasn't had a school education much, but she is definitely worldly-wise. She knows what's right and what's wrong. She knows how to keep her friends safe and what she must do to please or to displease other people. She is also a great fabricator. She can hatch lies at the drop of a hat and she will be so sincere about them that the listener will believe they are true. It is really great fun to read, relish and then reread each and every story of Pippi Longstocking.
Though some parents do feel that Pippi Longstocking is not a good role model for their children and that they should not read her stories, the fact is that Pippi is quite an endearing character and whatever she does, she never means real harm to anyone. She has everyone's good interests at heart, except if they rub her the wrong way, and is extremely loyal to her friends. Now, these are the qualities that are of real value in the real world. It is no wonder that Pippi Longstocking is one of the most loved characters from the vast oeuvre of Astrid Lindgren.
Common Pippi Longstocking misspellings: Pippi Longstockings, Pippy Longstocking, Pipi Longstocking.
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