Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!
Pippi Longstockings, in german, Pippi Langstrumpf. Aah, this girl reminds me of my younger years *dreamy sigh* Minus the red hair, stripped mismatched stockings, no parents.
This is also my daughter's favourite tv series. She loves Pippi so much that during the Fasching (Carneval) season here in Vienna, I searched high and low to find a wig that resembled Pippi's hair, the strip stockings as well.
A Little about Pippi Longstockings.
Pippi Longstockings is in truth an unusual young girl. She is financially independent since she owns a sackful of gold pieces. She can shoot a revolver and sail on the seven seas. She is both cheeky and kind, she can carry a horse and she can outlift the strongest man in the world, Mighty Adolph.
I truly admire how Astrid Lindgren created this character (maybe I am biased because in a way, I was like Pippi, well not carrying the horse part and outlifting Might Adolph, but I was cheeky. Very cheeky) she made a loveable character. Even when she is upto no good, I can't help but love this 10 year old. I've watched the DVDs with my 7 year old daughter (that's part of our bonding ritual) and we both adore Pippi.
A fun read — not a feminist agenda
Astrid Lindgren was not exactly proceeding from an explicit feminist agenda when she wrote her wonderful stories about this remarkable girl and her two close friends. That, however, has not prevented Pippi from becoming a source of inspiration in the struggle for gender equality. She is still the hero of the day.
Throughout the world, girls have been encouraged to have fun, to be a bit more daring and to have faith in their own ability. Pippi Longstocking has performed wonders. Source
Long live Pippi Longstockings! :D