Pippi in the South Seas

Good children's books do not utterly leave reality unless it is to convey a real world lesson.

Pippi and friends have a happy time coping with a very different life on a Pacific Isle, where her Dad is the king of its natives.

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Although it can be overlooked, Pippi’s extra powers and her semi-dishonest confusions, still serve to make her kind of happiness a fantasy, rather than a portrayal of what is actually possible to young readers. This is unfortunate, because it sets up readers to see Pippi as ‘lucky’ rather than emulable.