I'd forgotten quite how charming Pippi Longstocking was until I started reading it to Crabkid over the past month. Like many a little girl before her, Crabkid adores Pippi and is fascinated that she doesn't have to go to school, has no parents to tell her when to go to bed, and keeps a horse on her porch. Plus she rolls cookie dough out onto her kitchen floor, scrubs said floor with brushes attached to her feet like ice skates, possesses a pet monkey with a straw hat, and wrestles the strongest man in the world...and wins.
She's also a Thing-Finder, teaching her little friends Tommy and Annika to keep their eyes open for treasure of all kinds: "lumps of gold, ostrich feathers, dead rats, candy snapcrackers, little tiny screws, and things like that." When I read this chapter to Crabkid she was thrilled by it, being something of a Thing-Finder herself. And in thisRead More »from Crabkid Recommends: Pippi Longstocking