Lessons from Pippi- strength, generosity and gentleness…

Being Swedish,Pippi Longstocking has been an icon to me all my life.  Yes, there are troubling racist elements in the books and, my God, as a child I would lay awake at night worrying about Pippi living alone, but Pippi’s character is glorious and hopeful.  She’s ahead of her time- a give-no-fucks attitude combined with curiosity and caring and independence.  Her voracious need to learn and to interact.  Her love of the moment.

Don’t you worry about me. I’ll always come out on top.

My heart still yells COMRADE!  when Pippi needs her cave time to be home alone with her pets and think.

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My daughter-in-love, Emily Cowan,  gifted me this Christmas with a fantastic collection of Pippi Longstocking books!

I am obsessing over them!

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All the children sat looking at Pippi, who lay flat on the floor, drawing to her heart’s content. ‘But, Pippi,’ said the teacher impatiently, ‘why in the world aren’t you drawing on your paper?’ ‘I filled that long ago. There isn’t room enough for my whole horse on that little snip of paper.’
All the children sat looking at Pippi, who lay flat on the floor, drawing to her heart’s content. ‘But, Pippi,’ said the teacher impatiently, ‘why in the world aren’t you drawing on your paper?’
‘I filled that long ago. There isn’t room enough for my whole horse on that little snip of paper.’

  

  

I love the various interpretations of Pippi in illustration and on film and TV.

I love interpreting the interpretations!

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Pippi imagined as Tank Girl
Pippi imagined as Tank Girl

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