Monday, October 24, 2011

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Recommendation: Recommended
I remember loving Pippi Longstocking books as a child so I checked one out from the library and have been reading through it with my 6 year old daughter (the boys aren't interested for some reason!). It's been a lot of fun laughing and talking together as we make our way through.

Pippi Longstocking is a very unique girl. Practically an orphan (her father is a sea captain and her mother has passed away), she lives on her own on the end of a street in a little town, well, not quite alone, she does have Mr. Nilsson her monkey and her horse. Pippi loves adventure and she quickly befriends Tommy and Annika who live next door and together they have many adventures.

Positives: Pippi will make you giggle! Her outrageous behavior is sure to keep you on your toes - and you never know what she will do next. She does not fit into the current day fascination with princesses and all things girly. She is not afraid to be herself. She is also a very caring person.

Negatives: Being that she has practically raised herself, Pippi is a little rough around the edges and her behavior is sometimes rude. This provides great conversation material though!

Talking Points: Romans 1:19 tells us that people know right from wrong, that God has revealed himself to all people through creation and that He has written His law on our hearts. Pippi reveals this truth to us. When Pippi would lie, or behave badly she knew that what she had done was wrong and she often sought to correct her behavior. Even though she had no parents guiding and teaching her, she often knew when her behavior was acceptable and when it wasn't. Talk about the conscience with your child and teach them the importance of this tool that God has graciously  given us. Help them to guard their conscience so that it does not become seared.

Age Level: 6-10 year olds

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