written by swedish
author Astrid Lindgren
. The origin of Pippi
was an idea from Astrid's daughter Karin who made up the name in 1945.
Since then, the story of Pippi Longstocking has been translated in 50
languages world wide, and spawned a T.V. series and movies.
Pippi's real name is Pippilotta Delicatessa
Longstocking. She's nine years old.
The following is a physical description of Pippi by Astrid:
Her hair, the color of a carrot, was braided in two tight braids that
stuck straight out. Her nose was the shape of a very small potato and
was dotted all over with freckles. It must be admitted that the mouth
under this nose was a very wide one, with strong white teeth. Her dress
was rather unusual. Pippi herself had made it. She had meant it to be
blue, but there wasn't quite enough blue cloth, so Pippi had sewed
little red pieces on it here and there. On her long thin legs she wore
a pair of long stockings, one brown and the other black, and she had on
a pair of black shoes that were exactly twice as long as her feet. These
shoes her father had bought for her in South America so that Pippi would
have something to grow into, and she never wanted to wear any others.
Pippi's father was a pirate
so she lives the good life (she had a suitcase full of gold
!). She has her own
house and lives without parental supervision
. She has superhuman
so no one tends to mess with her. She has two pets, Mr. Nilsson, a monkey
and a horse
(It has no name in the books). She is also friends with two
children Tommy and Annika whom she goes on adventures with.
Pippi also doesn't go to school, words like "pluttifikation" baffle
Because Pippi has so much free time
, she often chances upon a number of
adventures, including scolding
, beating her dad in sailor
numerous other adventures
while out pirating with her father.