Swedish heroine Pippi Longstocking reimagined as homeless in new book

A children's writing workshop gives the Swedish storybook heroine a modern update with a twist.

Catherine Edwards
Catherine Edwards NewsMavens, Sweden
Swedish heroine Pippi Longstocking reimagined as homeless in new book - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

On Sweden's official website, Pippi Longstocking is described as a "rebel role model" whose stories -- created by author Astrid Lindgren -- challenged conventions about how little girls should behave.

Now, a new radio series will re-tell Pippi's story, but with some changes. The heroine will live in an abandoned car in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb labelled as "vulnerable" by police due to its above-average crime rate.

The idea for the twist in Pippi's tale came from a 12-year-old during a writing workshop for Roma children, and will be made into a new book and radio series.

“It's always fun to do something your own way and make something in which you can recognize yourself,” the student who came up with the idea said.

Details from the story:

  • All proceeds from the project will go to fund a children's library in Romania
  • The new story has been officially approved by author Astrid Lindgren's estate
  • Lindgren's original Pippi Longstocking books have been translated into more than 70 different languages
  • The radio version will be broadcast during Sweden's autumn break
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