These Pippi Longstocking Facts Will Take You On A Trip Down Memory Lane

Pippi Longstocking is a world-famous character brought to life by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The unruly, fun, and unorthodox nine-year-old redhead with stick-straight pigtails has become a household name for many, due to her quirky antics and adventures.

What child wouldn’t want to be Pippi? She is the strongest girl in the world and lives by herself in a colorful cottage in the forest. Oh, and she has a pet monkey and horse to keep her company! Here are some fun facts about the free spirit known as the one and only Ms. Pippi Longstocking.

Astrid Lindgren’s Daughter Came Up With The Name Pippi

Astrid Lindgren's Daughter Came Up With The Name Pippi
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Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking, made up the character as a way to entertain her sick daughter, Karin. She was very ill with pneumonia and was completely bedridden during her first year of school. It was actually Karin who came up with the name Pippi.

Karin says, “One evening, my mother said, exhausted: “But what more can I tell you?” An answer came bursting forth, in an attempt to keep her by me: “Tell me about Pippi Longstocking” It was a name out of the blue, only a child’s play on words. But it did the trick. She started to tell me a completely new story.”