Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pippi Longstocking Rules

I just spotted this post about one of my most favorite fictional Bad Girls, Pippi Longstocking.

Now I finally know what Pippi's creator, Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, looks like.

And, of course, here's what Pippi looks like:


Joyce Hanson said...

Wow, Pippi's creator really was a Bad Girl. Here's what a Telegraph article about her says:

"There's something sweet about Pippi's rise that mirrors Lindgren's life. The farmer's daughter from Vimmerby was a "bad girl" who became a national heroine. Lindgren was a teenage flapper in the 1920s and the first in town to bob her hair; at 17 she was a thoroughly modern career girl – a cub reporter on the local paper.

"Then she fell pregnant and fulfilled the worst expectations of conservative Sweden – an unmarried teenage mother.

"But she had her baby, and she kept him. She placed Lars with a foster family in Denmark where she could snatch time from earning a living in Stockholm to visit him often, and where he'd be safe from Sweden's notorious child welfare committees who might have left him to fester in a home.

"When she married six years later she reclaimed Lars. She gave birth to her second child, Karin, in 1934."

Ivy and Haley said...

Pippi longstocking is the best. I was her for halloween one year and for an entire summer I wore my hair in braids and my mother would pin them up for me. She was my idol growing up!