Pretending to be Pippi

July 16, 2012

My kiddo's hair is the longest that it has ever been. So we've been ponytailing, braiding, headbanding and everything else we can think of.

It's particularly thrilling for me to get to braid her hair everyday. (She wants them everyday.) For the first time in her six years, she's letting me Do Stuff with her hair. This is the kid who refused any and all clips, rubber bands, barrettes or hair ties. She would run away screaming if I got anywhere near her with any hair bobbins. (Yes, I think I'm going to be using the word "bobbin" A LOT more often, by the way.)

And I think we're going to start in on reading 'Pippi Longstocking' when we finish up 'Dr. Doolittle'. But I'm torn. Do I stick with the original Astrid Lindgren? Or go for the Lauren Child illustrated version, which I've heard is amazing? On the one hand, I hate to deviate from the original genius of the original work, but I really do adore Lauren Child. The version in the picture above is mine from when I was little. What should I do?


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18 comments:

  1. I would love to read the one in the last picture! I love the cover illustration.

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  2. I'd stick to the original. It looks perfect.

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  3. Read the Lauren Child version. We have it, it's amazing!

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  4. WooHoo Bonnie's going to be SO excited! I love all the braids- I went through a phase where I wore two braids in my hair everyday, good times:)

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  5. Loving the braids!

    I'd say, read the one you have. We read the Lauren Child version and LOVED it, but if I'd actually owned an older copy, I would have just grabbed it off the shelf.

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  6. I guess I'm wondering if the newer Pippi has more pictures -- J loves her pictures....I think I'll try and see if the library has the Lauren Child and I'll take a peek to see of there are more illustrations. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to explaining what a 'King of the Cannibals' is to Julia, ha ha.

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    1. someone (was it Danzel?) told me that in the new translation, Pippi's dad is called 'King of the Natives' :)

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    2. He is called the King of the Natives in the Lauren Child edition. It was obviously done to make it more PC, as the translation is by noted Scandinavian translation Tiina Nunnally. But the illustrations are AWESOME. It's very, very heavy on pictures.

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    3. Translation, translator. You know what I mean. Brain and fingers do not always work together.

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  7. Ah, well that might seal the deal for me. Julia likes her pictures and they are a bit light in the original, amusing as they are. Of course that makes sense, if you've got Lauren Child doing the art, one would want to use her right? :)

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  8. YIPPEEEEE! I never win any of the things...I always knew my birthday was awesome! Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!! You are the best of all the bloggers...except Robyn and Whitney of course :)

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    1. ha ha ha! wait till you see it, you are going to LOVE it! I'll get it mailed out this week :)

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  9. I just googled to try to find pics of the illustrations inside the book - soooo cute. Looks like it will definitely be worth it. Love Pippi.

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    1. I think Lauren Child here we come!! I love her so too Leanne! I want to get my hands on that old old movie, remember that? That's girl's hair was simply epic.

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  10. You two are the cutest things EVER. Love Astrid Lindgren. :)

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    1. you mean, silliest things ever :) -- Astrid is one of those authors I would have loved to have met, you know?

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  11. Lucky Bonnie!! So, I have 3 non-hair- doers here. Congrats that you have broken down the walls, that is a major feat! Also, I have been thinking we need to read Pippi around here too. Maybe if I get the Lauren Child one I can get both a big sister and a little sister to listen. I just might try it!

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    1. let me know how it goes, I'd love to hear!

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