Tuesday, March 30, 2010

book talk tuesday

PIPPI LONGSTOCKING by Astrid Lindgren
IndieBound Description: Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!

My Thoughts: Another great classic that has aged very well. The description does not do justice to this book which is a cornerstone in children's literature! I remember my 4th grade (maybe 3rd grade) teacher reading this out loud to us in class. When she finished reading it, I went to the library and took it out to read all over again! My version is the same as the one my teacher read to me (I had to wear stripes in the photo in honor of the book, too.)

3 comments:

Nicolette said...

My name is Sophia Long and I'm 8 years old. I go to Pinewoods Elementary school in florida. This year we are doing a project on an award winning book and that is why I picked your book, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon". I've read some of your other books like "The Ugly Vegetables' and "The Year of the Dog", which I recently finished and enjoyed.

I really liked "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon", but, I have a few questions to ask you.

1. What inspired you to write this book?

2. Why did you write an adventure instead of a mystery like Nancy Drew?

3. Why did you want Minli to ask only one question when she found the old man of the moon?

I hope you can give me a response because I really need it, but you don't have to. If you are a busy woman then you don't need to. Don't worry..it wont' hurt my feelings. WAIT A MINUTE....theres one more question I need to ask you....Who was the borrowed line?...the paper or the string?

You don't have to answer all the questions..just pick your favorites and answer them...but, please make sure question 8 is one of them.

Thank you for writing such a good book.

Love,
Sophia

Grace Lin said...

Hi Sophia,

Thanks for your nice comment. I'm glad you chose my book. Here are your answers:

1. There were many things that inspired "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," but it was my trips visiting Hong Kong, Taiwan and China that was the main inspiration. You can find out more here: http://www.gracelin.com/content.php?page=wherethemountainmeetsthemoon&display=behind_the_story

2. Well, maybe someday I WILL write a mystery. But this time the adventure seemed right.

3. I wanted Minli to ask only one question because then she would realize that she did not have to ask her own question to find the answer. I wanted her to find the answer herself.

4. Both are the borrowed lines!

I hope that was helpful!

Best,
Grace

Libby Koponen said...

Grace there is this new adult book (you wouldn't like it -- dark and violent) from Sweden....and the detective in it is nicknamed after as an Astrid Lindgren character -- which he hates--and the heroine can relate: she'd hate it, she says, if anyone called HER Pippi Longstocking. But she is sort of like Pippi, as she herself admits....

Pippi lives on.

One of my best friends who's Swedish named her daughter Annika and put a big sign on their house that says VILLA VILLEKULA....