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Mischievous Meg: 03/05/16

Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren

Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren is a short chapter book about a pair of sisters who get into all sorts of scrapes — especially when acting out bible stories.

Meg and her sister aren't Pippi. They aren't close. Their antics are framed within the bounds of family life — a mother and father who live at home.

Sure Pippi has a father but she choses to live on her own in the family house while he sails the south seas and lives as a pirate king. She takes care of her self through her extraordinary powers (physical strength and ability to eat anything). She's also able to charm nearly any adult and those she can't, she can out think or out maneuver. Pippi is like a self contained ball of anarchy.

Meg and her sister want to be good. They want to be loved by their parents, loved by God, and be friends with their neighbors. Their antics, then, are kept within the bounds of what average children do. Although they try some Pippi things (like jumping off the roof), they get hurt, because they are basically realistically portrayed little girls. The problem, for me, lies with the disjoint of whacky ideas and otherwise averageness. They don't seem to learn from their mistakes.

Two stars

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