Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pipp Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren Illustrated by Lauren Child Pippi Longstocking is very whimsical story about a little girl who lives alone in a house with a pet monkey and a horse. Her mother died when she was a baby, and her sailor father fell overboard. Pippi believes he is now king of the natives, but he really is dead. This was a lovely book to read out loud to my kids. It appealed to a variety of ages, and the chapters were short enough to keep the young ones interested.

My Mom-Meter gives this particular book an overall safety rating of 1 (Safe) for ages 6 and up.

A good synopsis of the book is found here.

Here are the potential moral issues parents might wish to talk with their kids about:

  • Pippi finds mushrooms in the wild, wonders if they’re poisonous, and eats them to find out. Potential Discussion Point: If you think something might be poisonous, should you eat it to find out? Is it wise to eat mushrooms in the wild?
  • She also finds three pistols in the attic, and fires off two of them, shooting holes in the ceiling. Potential Discussion Points: It might be a good opportunity to talk about gun safety.
  • Pippi tells many tall tales, so a conversation about the importance of honesty might be needed.
  • A big picture conversation you might want to have with your kids is if it is really a good thing for little girl to live by herself.

From a kid’s perspective: “I like the book because it is funny and lighthearted. It will make you laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.”

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