The world’s strongest girl celebrates her 70th birthday

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We´re talking about Pippi Longstocking of course. The first book about the world’s strongest girl was published in November 1945, but as it was Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin who came up with the idea about Pippi, and received the Pippi manuscript on her birthday on May 21 from her mother, the Pippi celebrations will take place on that specific day.

– She is a 9-year-old child who is totally independent of all adults, because she is stronger than they, and do not need their money, says Karin Nyman in a press release from the Astrid Lindgren company Saltkråkan. It could have made her insufferably smug and contemptuous of others, but instead she became kind, generous and courageous.

Pippilotta Provisionia Gaberdina Dandeliona Ephraimsdaughter Longstocking can look back upon an eventful life. It´s actually a few things she hasn´t been through. She has made millions of children, and some adults, from all over the world laugh and maybe become a bit thrilled, while she has driven some pedagogues, debaters and professors crazy.

She has been transformed into eight feature films, two television series, two television films and at least 800 professional theatre productions. She has given rise to academic theses, has been appointed as the most important cultural case for the last 150 years, and gotten interpreted lengthwise and crosswise from every conceivable perspeictive. But, as Astrid Lindgren herself wrote in her memoirs, “As usual the children didn´t care about what the grownups said, they loved Pippi unreserved.”

The books about Pippi Longstocking have been translated into 70 languages and have sold approximately 60 million copies. Saltkråkan will celebrate the anniversary throughout the year with free materials to libraries, schools and daycare centers.

2011 ALMA Laureate Shaun Tan from Australia visited fairytale house Junibacken in Stockholm during the 2011 Award week. Photo: Stefan Tell

2011 ALMA Laureate Shaun Tan from Australia visited fairytale house Junibacken in Stockholm during the 2011 Award week. Photo: Stefan Tell

2010 ALMA Laureate Kitty Crowhter from Belgium. Photo: Stefan Tell

2010 ALMA Laureate Kitty Crowhter from Belgium. Photo: Stefan Tell

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2 Responses to “The world’s strongest girl celebrates her 70th birthday”

  1. marvalubben Says:

    I don’t know why I didn’t write to your mother back in 1989, but I just wanted to tell you that my daughter, Erica, who was 7 at the time, had to dress like her favorite storybook character for school back in March of 1989, when she was in the 2nd grade. Well, she chose to dress like Pippy Longstocking! Little did we know that the local press would come and take her picture, which would then be picked up by the Associated Press and travel all over the world. I was just looking through the scrapbook that we made and a friend said “does the author of the book know about this?” It became a school project with the front hall being a huge bulletin board for pictures and letters, along with a world map to mark where letters were coming from. We live in Grand Rapids Michigan, in the United States and we heard from 13 different states and 7 other countries. I’d love to send you a picture. They quoted her as saying that the bathroom stall posed a problem for her because her hair, from end to end, measured 15″. Today Erica is happily married and the mother to 6 beautiful children. When she has time, she still enjoys reading.

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