Pippi Longstocking  

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"I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that" --Pippi Longstocking

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Pippi Longstocking (Swedish Pippi Långstrump) is a fictional character in a series of children's books created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

She is very unconventional, assertive, and extraordinarily strong, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. She frequently mocks and dupes the adults she encounters, an attitude likely to appeal to young readers; however, Pippi usually reserves her worst behavior for the most pompous and condescending of adults.

The first four Pippi books were published in 1945–1948, with an additional series of six books published 1969–1975. Two final stories were printed in 1979 and 2000. The books have been translated into a large number of languages.

With the publication of the first Pippi book, Lindgren rejected established conventions for children's books. Although well received by contemporary critics, the book was controversial among some social conservatives who desired children's books that, by their standards, would set a good example for children.

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