Oh Pippi, How I Had Missed You!

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Written in 1945, it landed in my hands sometime in my childhood of the 80s. I loved the TV shows too. It was therefore, exciting for my daughter and I to read together. She was 5 at the time and an early reader. We shared the reading and the laughs.


I had come across “lapbooks” and wanted to try it out. There are dozens of websites and blogs with a jackpot of ideas and examples. Go exploring.

A lapbook is a few file folders put together and used as a base to attach various components of learning. Here is our lapbook for Pippi.

After rereading the following description, Maya did a portrait of Pippi for the cover.

“Her hair, the color of a carrot, was braided in two tight braids that stuck straight out. Her nose was the shape of a very small potato and was dotted all over with freckles. It must be admitted that the mouth under this nose was a very wide one, with strong white teeth. Her dress was rather unusual. Pippi herself had made it. She had meant it to be blue, but there wasn’t quite enough blue cloth, so Pippi had sewed little red pieces on it here and there. On her long thin legs she wore a pair of long stockings, one brown and the other black, and she had on a pair of black shoes that were exactly twice as long as her feet.”

After each Chapter, Maya drew a small picture of the “main idea or event” in the story.

In the card pocket are some of the GIANT words in the book we referred to as Pippi words for at least a few months. At some point, when we met Fancy Nancy, we decided Pippi would have Nancy over for a fancy tea party with Pepparkakor cookies and they would use big words;)

So, we made Pippi’s Pepparkakor Cookies!


This was my favorite part, other than the cookies. Maya loved that Pippi was a Thing Finder. Pippi had been walking around turning one thing into another, which was something Maya also liked to do. We made a little flip book for our lapbook.

The milk jug became an instrument. The cone became a hat. The Easter Bunny decoration became a cookbook holder. We play this type of game on a weekly basis.

Why should Pippi go to school? (Remember she was trying to be convinced to go)

We used a map to mark countries mentioned in the book thanks to Captain Longstocking. And, after a chapter involving the police, Maya emailed her grandfather questions she had about police officers. He is a retired Highway Patrolman.

After a few weeks of reading and doing projects, we watched some Pippi movies from the library. 3 years later, Maya still has an affection for Pippi and enjoys looking at her lapbook. In writing this blog entry, I realize its time to do it all again with my daughter, Ava.

I might be typing this in long, sticky-outty, braids. You’ll never know. Shelisa

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