Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren
1945

The pig-tailed redhead with oddly-superhuman physical strength, the wild and unconventional kid who courts adventure and opens the world to other kids while demonstrating a clear intolerance for the pompous authority of most adults, Pippi Longstocking is one of the most endearing and enduring figures in twentieth century children’s literature.

Created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, the character of Pippi emerged out of a story Lindgren told to her daughter to pass the time on a day off sick from school. But over the next few decades, she grew into first a book, then a series, and later television and movie productions all of which have been wildly popular internationally, particularly with young girls who recognize in Pippi a self-confidence, irreverence, swagger, courage and wit all-too-rare in the heroines of kid’s literature.

Pippi is a little bit Peter Pan, a little bit Supergirl, a little bit Harriet the Spy – and all original.

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