Pippi Longstocking Book Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Pippi Longstocking' by Astrid Ericsson Lindgren is a children's book about a strong and unique 9-year-old Swedish girl. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this beloved novel.

Pippi Longstocking

Imagine a 9-year-old child living alone. While this may be the nightmare of any responsible adult, upper elementary students will be fascinated by Pippi's independence and super-human strength. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren is a fantasy that students will find adventurous and entertaining. These questions will lead to class discussions about this book.

Chapters 1-4

  • What is the setting of the story?
  • Describe Pippi Longstocking.
  • How is Pippi different from other girls her age?
  • What happened to Pippi's parents?
  • What is Tommy and Annika's first impression of Pippi?
  • Why does Pippi lie?
  • What is unusual about Tommy and Annika's first visit to Pippi's house?
  • The next day, what do Tommy and Annika find when they visit Pippi?
  • Describe the thing-finding expedition.
  • Why does Tommy object to taking the first thing Pippi finds?
  • What are some things Pippi takes?
  • Who is Bengt? How does Pippi respond to him?
  • What does Pippi help Tommy and Annika find?
  • Describe Pippi's sleeping style.
  • Why are the townspeople worried about Pippi? What is their solution? Do you think it is a good idea? Why?
  • What is Pippi's relationship with the police?
  • Why do the police decide to leave Pippi alone?
  • What kinds of things do Pippi, Tommy, and Annika do for fun?
  • Why does Pippi decide to go to school?
  • How is Pippi different from the other students?
  • What does the teacher think of Pippi's behavior? How does Pippi respond to her?
  • According to Pippi, how is school in Argentina different?

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