Posts Tagged ‘Pippi Longstocking’

Crown Princess Victoria opened the Astrid Lindgren exhibition in Seoul today

March 25, 2015


Joohwi Kang at the Embassy of Sweden in Seoul about the exhibition that opened earlier today:

The Embassy of Sweden in Seoul holds the exhibition of <Astrid Lindgren and Pippi> at the National Library of Children and Young Adults on 26 Mar (Thu)- 31 May (Sun). Co-organized by the National Library of Children and Young Adults, the exhibition is to give insights about the Swedish children’s literature to the Korean children and young adults. The exhibition comprises introduction of the life of Astrid Lindgren, Lindgren’s famous stories, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and previous laureates of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and Children’s corner to play and read.

Today, the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden paid a visit to the library to inaugurate the exhibition during her official visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation by the Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo. Accompanying the Crown Princess Couple is the Swedish Minister for Social Security, Ms Annika Strandhäll and a small delegation of senior officials.

The opening ceremony took place with the existence of Mr PARK Min-kwon (Vice Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism), Mr LIM Won-sun (Chief Executive of the National Library of Korea), Ms YEO Wee-sook (Director General of the National Library for Children and Young Adults), Ms KIM Su-jung, President of Korean Board on Books for Young People (KBBY), Ms BAEK Heena (Children’s book writer and ALMA nominee 2015) and many more VIP guests. The participating guests celebrate the opening and the 70th birthday of Pippi who is well known character among Koreans through TV series.





The world’s strongest girl celebrates her 70th birthday

February 20, 2015


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

The original.

The original.

Astrid Lindgren’s War Diaries 1939-1945 will be published next year

November 4, 2014
Astrid Lindgren 1942. Photo: Salikon

Astrid Lindgren 1942. Photo: Salikon

Today Salikon Publishing House published the news that Astrid Lindgren’s War Diaries will be published in May, 2015:

May 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. During the entire war, Astrid Lindgren kept diaries where she wrote of everyday life in Stockholm, of the world events and of the actions of the Swedish government. Astrid Lindgren’s war diaries are a very personal account of how dramatic courses of events affect us all – the words bear witness of grief and horror. This is before Astrid Lindgren became a world-famous writer; the first Pippi Longstocking book was published in the same year the war ended, 1945.

Over 70 facsimile photos of the diary pages, cut-outs from Swedish newspapers and many previously unpublished family photos from these years are included among with Astrid’s diary entries. A foreword is written by Kerstin Ekman, renowned Swedish author who knew Astrid Lindgren, and the postscript is by Karin Nyman, Astrid’s daughter. In total, 17 diaries are being published.

Today, Astrid Lindgren is still very much in the spotlight and a recurring point of reference in public debate. Her books are an indispensable part of our cultural heritage and continue to reach new readers all around the world. What many people don’t know is that she was a convinced anti-Nazi at a very early stage and that she all throughout her life fought against war and violence. She was a humanist – a person who thought for herself and stood up for what she believed in, aided by her moral courage, her sense of humour and her love.

In May 2015, Astrid Lindgren’s war diaries are being published, just the way she wrote them. It is a unique document by an ordinary person and also one of the world’s most famous Swedes.

Salikon Publishing House is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Astrid Lindgren Company Saltkråkan. Link to Saltkråkan here.

Astrid Lindgren's diary. Churchill. Photo: National Library of Sweden, Andrea Davis Kronlund

Astrid Lindgren’s diary. Churchill. Photo: National Library of Sweden, Andrea Davis Kronlund

Photo: Salikon

Photo: Salikon

The War Diaries. Photo: Ricard Estay

The War Diaries. Photo: Ricard Estay

Pippi Longstocking in Guadalajara

November 30, 2011

Hundreds of kids are queuing to get in to FIL niñjos, the children’s section at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. They are here to meet Pippi Longstocking and other famous children’s books characters.

The Book Fair arranges workshops and readings for children age 3-12 years to promote reading. This year the younger children (age 3-6) get to go to the circus with Pippi Longstocking. The children get to paint, walk the line and play with Pippi’s monkey Mr Nelson.

– We want stimulate children’s reading and when they get to know Pippi they want to hear more so I tell them to read the books, says Liliana Carrasco Trejo who plays Pippi at FIL niñjos.

The Book Fair also gives students of the high schools in Guadalajara the opportunity to gather in their own schools with writers visiting FIL. The Swedish author Monica Zak, nominated for the ALMA 2012, is one of the writers that have met with students in Guadalajara.

Pippi books charged with racism

November 10, 2011

German theologian Dr Eske Wollrad started a hot debate by describing Astrid Lindgren’s novels about Pippi Longstocking as having “colonial racist stereotypes”. In the article published in the German paper the Local, Dr Wollrad says “the black children throw themselves into the sand in front of the white children in the book,” with reference to Pippi in the South Seas.  “When reading the book to my nephew, who is black, I simply left that passage out.”

Yesterday, Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin Nyman made a comment in the English paper the Guardian:

“She is not a racist. She is the opposite. She is not only ‘against adultism, grown-ups being in charge, and fiercely opposed to violence against animals’ she certainly is also against racism. The passage quoted by Eske Wollrad, where the ‘black children throw themselves into the sand’ in front of Pippi and Tommy and Annika, is explicitly preceded by the explanation that they did so thinking,’for some incomprehensible reason’, that white skin was to be revered. This passage is, of course, referring to ‘colonial racist stereotypes’, but since it is immediately questioned by Pippi, who refuses to be knelt in front of, who makes a very strong point of the children being all alike, black and white, and enjoying the same games in the two books dealing with the South Seas, it is difficult to see the books as representatives of a dubious racist conception and thus harming reading children of to-day. But, of course, the old harm of colonial racism itself remains!”

Read full article here.

From virtual reality to experiences IRL: Pippi for new generations

October 21, 2011

Astrid Lindgren’s most beloved character Pippi Longstocking is certainly still going strong, and we simply must put forward some examples on how the next generation could experience the world’s strongest girl.

Photo: Astrid Lindgren's World

In the summer of 2012 Nintendo DS fans all over the world will be able to buy a game featuring Pippi and her world of adventures and friends. It´s set to be an adventure game filled with activities, features and mini games for children in the ages of 4 to 10 years old. It will give players a true Pippi experience with all of the characters and environments made famous by the books and movies.

Just the other week a special edition of Pippi Lockstocking (featuring five comics) was part of Happy Meal at McDonalds in Sweden, as a result of a co-operation with Läsrörelsen (a Swedish reading organisation).

And when it comes to other Pippi adventures in real life, there have been an extraordinary year for Astrid Lindgren’s World (ALV) in Vimmerby. At this theatre and theme park visitors actually can experience characters from Astrid Lindgren’s books in their true settings, and of course Pippi is one of the main characters. Having won the Nordic Region’s Best Theme Park in March and the 2Entertain’s Upplevelsepris 2011 (Experience Award) in May, ALV also presented a new visitor record during the summer season. This week ALV became two-time winner when the Swedish web prize was presented. And yesterday ALV was announced as winner of the prestigious international prize “Trip Global Award” for best tourist experience in Sweden.  What a year!!

Photo: Astrid Lindgren's World

From Nina Hagen to Lisbet Salander; Pippi as a role model

September 28, 2011

Pippi Longstocking never gets out of date. Is it not impressive that a children’s book character from the 1940s still today function as such an important role model for strong women? The last one in the row is German punk queen Nina Hagen who visited the Göteborg Book Fair last week. According to Hagen, her big idol in her childhood was Pippi.
– Pippi Longstocking taught me equality, she says in an interview with Swedish newsagency TT Spektra.

Photo: Adam Lundquist

Earlier this autumn, Rooney Mara, the actress playing Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has been described as a goth Pippi Longstocking. She also states that she used Pippi Longstocking as inspiration for the character. In an interview published in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, she says that she found many things in common between Lisbet Salander and Pippi Lockstocking.
– I grew up with Pippi and went back to her stories.

A brief report from Stavanger

February 8, 2011

Maktens Pluttifikasjon, the Nordic children’s literature conference is well underway. What makes the conference special is the breadth of participants and topics, all sectors of children’s literature are represented: librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, researchers, publishers, translators and last but not least – the super readers, youngsters who aren’t shy to give their opinion.

The conference opened with a reading of the funny and thoughtful picture book Odd er et egg (Odd is an egg) by Lisa Aisato.

Maria Nikolajeva, professor at Cambridge University, held the opening lecture in which she spoke about knowledge and power. An interesting lecture, where prof. Nicolajeva gave examples of how children’s literature can be used as an instrument of power and how the adult writer has the potential to manipulate the child reader through artistic means.

With the conference name Maktens Pluttifikasjon, referring to Pippi Longstocking, in mind Agnes-Margrehte Bjorvand from the University of Agder showed how Astrid Lindgren borrowed and reused material from herself. Themes, characters and scenes in her earliest works, the short stories she wrote for monthly magazines, reappears in her later books.

We also had the opportunity to listen to Danish writer Fatima A. Alatraktchi, who wrote her first novel at the tender age of fourteen. The dystopic novel received critical acclaim for its realistic depiction of power struggles in school, paralleled in the world at large.

New Pippi Longstocking film on its way

January 12, 2011

The Award office is thrilled over the news that Debra Granik is working on a treatment for a new Pippi Longstocking film.

In 2010, Debra Granik released critically acclaimed Winter’s bone, which features the strong female lead Ree Dolly, played by Jennifer Lawrence. With an absent father and depressed mother, Ree Dolly struggles to keep her family together.

 “People are finding these heroines charismatic, unexpected and fresh,” says Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik in an interview with the LA-times. “What a person in the business can get from that is, ‘Hey, a young female protagonist doesn’t need to have a boyfriend, get pregnant, cut herself or be naked to attract an audience.’ ”

On that note, Debra Granik revealed that she is currently working on a treatment for Pippi Longstocking – the world’s strongest girl – together with her producing partner Anne Rosellini.

We simply can’t wait to see the result!

Step into the book!

December 18, 2010

Tove Jansson’s timeless classic picture book The Book about Moomin, Mymble and little My was first published in 1952. In it, the reader is asked what happened next? and is invited to follow the Mymble and little My through the holes in the pages.

Now, fans of the book can literally climb though the holes of the book – in the exhibition at Kulturhuset in Stockholm (open until 29th of May). The exhibition coincides with the celebration of Moomin 65th birthday, which makes Moomin the same age as another Nordic children’s book superstar Pippi Longstocking.

Here are some pictures taken at the opening yesterday: