Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
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.
- 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?
- How does Pippi respond to the girl looking for her father?
- Why do you think Pippi told the story of Hai Shang?
- According to Pippi, what kind of child was Peter? Why?
- How does the girl respond to Pippi's story? Do you think she believes it?
- What do you think of Pippi's new hiding spot?
- What is a Scrubbing Vacation? Why is Pippi jealous? How does she respond?
- Who is Mr. Nilsson? What happens to him during the picnic? How does Pippi respond?
- What challenges do the children face when searching for Mr. Nilsson?
- How does Pippi behave at the circus? How do the circus performers and audience respond?
- How does the ringmaster handle Pippi? What might have been more effective?
- Why do the burglars leave Pippi alone at first?
- When they return, how does Pippi handle the burglars?
- Do you think the burglars will change their behavior? Why?
- Why does Tommy and Annika's mother want Pippi to come over?
- Why is Pippi nervous?
- What does Pippi do to try to make a good impression?
- What mistakes does Pippi make at the party?
- Why do you think Pippi tells the story of Malin?
- How does Mrs. Settergren feel about Pippi by the end of the party?
- How does Pippi entertain herself when Tommy and Annika are unable to play?
- How do Pippi and Mr. Nilsson respond to the fire?
- Why does Pippi send mail to Tommy and Annika?
- Why do Pippi, Tommy, and Annika exchange presents?
- What activities has Pippi planned for her party?
- What do the children find in the attic?
- What do you think each of the children will do in the future?
- Why do you think this story is controversial?
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