3 Stars – “The content is too old for kids in 2016. Too old school story.” (An Amazon Reviewer)
Oh. Oh. Oh. That review breaks my heart, and it is wrong.
Confession: I am not a big fan of Pippi Longstocking, also by Astrid Lindgren. I love the charm of Lindgren’s writing but Pippi’s unconventional orientation to rules and order seems to inspire too much giddiness and “creativity” in my children. (Read: creativity = naughtiness.) I think that for some children, Pippi is just wonderfully adorable, much like Ramona Quimby. For mine, however, she seems to give high energy boys carte blanche to test my boundaries.
I wrongly presumed that Lindgren’s writing would all be like Pippi. Boy, did we miss out for awhile because of my bull-headedness.
Children of the Noisy Village is about as endearing a story as you can get. Told from the perspective of a happy, well-loved little sister, living in Sweden, this story has timeless charm and beautiful little family vignettes. The cultural nuances of Swedish customs add a vibrancy that makes the story even more idyllic and delightful. Like the title implies, however, it is also well seasoned with humorous childish antics! Best of all, it is passionately pro-life and the children spend much of their time playing with a blind and elderly grandfather and a poor neighbor.
Children of the Noisy Village follows the village children and their families through several seasons of traditional village life. From cutting Christmas trees, decorating Easter Eggs, playing on the walks from school, and little girls planning on running away (even though they don’t have any mean grownups to run away from), we quickly love these true to life children and their customs.
“As we were walking along, Britta took her book out of her schoolbag and smelled it. She let all of us smell it. New books smell so good that you can tell how much fun it’s going to be to read them.” Chapter 11
This darling book would make a lovely short read aloud for families who are new to reading aloud, are transitioning between bigger books, or are looking for something to take on a trip. The audiobook is also fantastic and would be great for car rides. My 5 and 7 year olds listen to it regularly during the afternoon quiet hour.
One MAJOR word of WARNING! There is a Santa Claus spoiler in here: