Astrid Lindgren created an unusual storyline for her novel, Pippi Longstocking.
Pippi is an orphan, but her life and daily routines are unique, to say the least. She lives in a large house alone, she has her own money, and she is exceptionally strong. Loneliness finally persuades Pippi to befriend the next-door neighbor’s children, who are intrigued by her eccentric habits. Pippi’s independence, originality, and humor win over all children she meets, but her tall tales and her free-spirited behavior shock their parents. However, Pippi’s wit and intelligence are necessary to help her during encounters with thieves, circus performers, and rigid adults. Through it all, Pippi maintains a positive outlook both on people and life itself.
Lindgren not only introduced a heroine who demonstrates the spontaneity of childhood but who also vehemently protests the inflicted complications of adulthood by adults themselves. Pippi Longstocking is mildly satirical when confronting topics like education and “proper” behavior, but the novel is truly light-hearted, as a classic in children’s literature should be.
A delightful example of children’s literature at its best, Examiner.com