23 September 2009

Why, "killevippen", of course...


When I saw this little door on a crafty blog ( I promise I will figure it out and post which blog, but right now I am unsure of exactly where I happened upon it) I thought immediately of my blogging friend RunLoriRun. I thought it would be a rad addition to the Alice In Wonderland mural she is working on. Tonight when I saw my desktop, there was the little door, calmly waiting to remind me of another childhood favorite. Here you will find a tiny tale by the author of Pippi Longstocking's adventures, Astrid Lindgren. Even though there is no actual door in the story, this is what Nils Karlsson's door would look like if it WAS there. When I was young, this story wrung every emotion known to childkind from my small frame. There was loss, sadness, despair, loneliness, warmth, friendship, and hope. I suppose it is something of a bleak tale, but so are many stories we loved as children. We just managed to find the good among the not-so-good, remember how we had to "find the moral of the story..." This story was in one of my Childcraft books, which I looked the world over for for a year or so, until I finally found one in a thrift store. So, Nils Karlsson is introduced to another generation and Bertil lives on in the imaginations of my children. I hope they love him as much as I did.

4 comments:

Justine said...

Pipi Longstocking? I had almost forgotten about her. Remember Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? Remember Trixie Belden mysteries?

Oh my gosh! What memories!

I just saw a preview for "Wild Things" It looks like a must see!

Someone asks the kid if he's eaten his family! Oh my gosh I never saw those books as a kid but I know I'm going to have to go see the movie!

onemockingbirdhill said...

OH, who doesn't love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle with her Radish Cure and such! I didn't read much Trixie Belden, but I do remember the great covers on those books. I was a Nancy Drew girl myself. And yes, the Wild Things movie looks great, at least the Wild Things and Max look marvy, I hope the story doesn't go to far from what I loved as a child. I am still such a major fan of kid's books! Sad but true!

Run Lori Run said...

Thanks so much for the link! I looooved Pippi! But my daughter has no interest in her (what does she know!) And that tiny door is so perfect! Its coincidental (not ironic!) that you mention the mural because I was just telling my daughter that we need to finish it at some point! She, like me, goes from one project to the next before finishing anything!

Pesto said...

We have just read the story in South Africa from our own copy of the Childcraft album, which was also a junk shop find! Astrid Lindgren's story has thoroughly engaged my 8 year old son, Benjamin.

I did not know that this author also wrote Pippie Longstockings! Thanks for mentioning. Here in South Africa, it has been translated into Afrikaans, so I always belived it to be of Afrikaans origin...

You learn something new every day...

We are trying to find out what 'killevippen' means. so on with the search.

Kathleen