Astrid Lindgren - Pippi Longstocking

A Tea with a Book Addict talk

She is feisty, feminist, and she fights injustice. The little girl with red hair, freckles and plaits has made her way into millions of hearts in the form of the original book, the film versions, and the theme parks. Learn more about the unconventional, strong woman who created Pippi, and how the beloved tale came into being.

A subscriber-only Zoom talk on Sunday 7 March 2021, 4.00 pm Australian Eastern Time (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra).

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“Pippi Longstocking has influenced legions of women from Michelle Obama to Madonna.”
― Michael Billington

How this beloved tale came into being

She dresses oddly, has a face covered in freckles, and is incredibly strong, both physically and mentally. The little girl with red hair in sticking-out plaits, and with a monkey perched on her shoulder, has made her way into millions of hearts in the form of the original book, the film versions, and the theme parks. Pippi has become an iconic character in international children’s literature.

But who was her creator? Today we think of Sweden as a very liberated and modern society, but how did young Astrid Lindgren shock her puritanical Swedish townsfolk? What was it that inspired the creation of a girl who faces up to bullies when the Swedish were holding a neutral position during World War II? What laws did Astrid Lindgren change and how did she improve her society by using the popularity of her novels? Learn more about the unconventional, strong woman who created Pippi, and how the beloved tale came into being.

Join me on a visit to beautiful Sweden to discover intriguing information about a children’s classic and a memorable and unusual heroine.

Discuss it with me

The little girl with red hair, freckles and plaits has made her way into millions of hearts in the form of the original book, the film versions, and the theme parks. Let’s discuss it here.

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Featured image credit- Inger Nilsson as Pippi Longstocking, 1969 Beta Film TV series adaptation, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062598/

Comments (2)

  1. Anne Williams

    Good Morning Susannah,
    I was able to listen to your suggested UTube link to hear the Pippy stories read.
    A very nice American Teacher by the look and sound of her accent, read all the chapters.
    It was my first hearing of the Pippy stories even though I remember the name PippyLongstocking.
    I love her full name, when she is asked by the class teacher when she goes to school.
    I loved her child like ways of looking at problems and solving questions put to her and always thinking
    up new fun games. The fact she is so strong just adds to her delight, I can see why kids love her adventures.
    I cannot be home for Zoom this afternoon as it is my day to volunteer for Carss Park Cottage opening.

    I look forward to RE zooming at another time this week.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      It’s never too late to be introduced to Pippi Longstocking! No problem about you not being able to join zoom. The talk will be sent to you as a video talk which you can watch whenever you like.

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