My family and I are trading houses with a family in southern Sweden this summer, and, in preparation, I was searching for some leads on Swedish literature (aside from the obvious Stieg Larsson). And my kids are at the age when they're leaning away from picture books and into chapter books--things like Ramona the Brave, Homer Price, and Ivy and Bean have been big hits of late. Which led us to Pippi Longstocking.
Now Pippi has always been somewhere in my cultural memory, but I had yet to read this book until last week. Don't make the same mistake.
- have kids ages 5-7, read this to them.
- have kids ages 8-10, buy it (or get it from the library) for them.
- ever read youth literature, treat yourself to this wonderful book.