Today’s Throwback Thursday is about a book series I loved as a child! I think I read this book around 3rd grade and I remember loving all her crazy adventures. What child doesn’t love a story about a kid who is independent and lives without parents? That’s the premise of many children’s books, such as The Boxcar Children, A Series of Unfortunate Events, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG. Children reach the age where they start becoming more independent and stories about children who are raising themselves have an element of glamour to them.
In Pippi Longstocking by, Astrid Lindgren, the novel is from the point of view of Pippi’s relatively normal neighbors, siblings Tommy and Anika. They live in a typical family situation and are fascinated by Pippi. She is nine-years-old and her father is a sea captain who is missing in action. Luckily, he has left her with a suitcase full of gold pieces which she uses to move into a house with her pets, a monkey and a horse. Pippi is a free-spirited, bright little girl who goes on wild, crazy adventures. There are multiple books in the Pippi Longstocking series that have been translated from… Swedish, I think? Pippi Longstocking made me laugh and activated my imagination. I adored reading these books as a child and think every child should read them.