Pippi Longstocking (Swedish: Pippi Långstrump) is a 1945 children's novel by the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. Lindgren wrote the book for her 8-year-old daughter, who apparently was sick in bed.
The book focuses on the experiences of Pippi Longstocking, a nine-year-old pigtailed redhead whose father, a sea captain, has seemingly vanished at sea, so she moves into a big house known as "Villa Villekulla", located in a little Swedish village, with her pet monkey Mr. Nilsson, a suitcase filled with pieces of gold, and her unnamed pet horse. Gifted with superhuman strength and countless other eccentricities, Pippi is soon befriended by two local siblings named Annika and Tommy Settergren, who admire her and enjoy her company. Having spent her entire life at sea, Pippi's limited knowledge of common courtesy and average childhood behaviour adds humour to the story when she attempts to enroll at Tommy and Annika's school, attends a circus, and attends a coffee party hosted by Mrs. Settergren.
In 1944, Astrid Lindgren sent the manuscript of the book to Bonnier Publishers but they turned it down, which is considered one of the biggest mistakes in publishing history. The manuscript was then sent to and accepted by another publishing company, Rabén and Sjögren. The first four Pippi books were published in 1945–1948, with an additional series of six books published in 1969–1975. Two final stories were printed in 1979 and 2000. The books have been translated into numerous languages.
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