rating: 5 of 5 stars
Rebecca and I have spent many a too late school nights reading through the Pippi trilogy. It's nothing but fun. If you want a book that builds character, this probably isn't it, though you'd be hard-pressed to find a kinder soul than Pippi. I believe stories like these are perfect for children. Pippi is generous, fun, and just, qualities that I see in my own children. She doesn't have good manners, she can't read very well or do "pluttification", and she has a bad habit of lying (telling outlandish stories), and she wears funny things. Nevertheless, She comes off hero, and wins the hearts of most of the people around her. Who cannot help but love this child, and really, any child who we spend any time with at all? Additionally, I'll note that I found this translation better than the one that I read when I was a kid.
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I'd also like to add for my friends a view choice experiences I've had with my own Pippi this week. This week Pippi asked me if I was making her go to bed because I loved her. My reply was something like this: "Yes! Almost everything I do is because I love you. If I didn't love you, I wouldn't stay home with you and Bardo. I would go to work so that I could buy lots of furniture. We'd eat every meal at MacDOnalds because I'd never want to cook. I wouldn't bother to read you books; instead, I'd make you watch TV so that I could do whatever I wanted to do. "
This was her reply: "Well, if you didn't love me, I would still love you. I would make you breakfast every morning..." And you know what, I believe her. I am so blessed to have this child in my home.
Also, today, while I was doing my own thing, Pippi helped tremendously with dinner by peeling 5 potatoes. She was kind of like Pippi Longstocking as she did it, chatting away, piling up all her peelings on the counter, a few peels flying to the floor. When she was done, she sighed contentedly, "Mom, I feel so good when I help you."