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Mio, My Son Paperback – 29 Jun 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Reissue Ed edition (29 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140326081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140326086
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.1 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907, and grew up at a farm called Näs in the south of Sweden. She began her writing career in 1944 after she won a children's book competition, with Pippi Longstocking published a year later.

She published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages, and she received numerous honours and awards.

Astrid Lindgren died in 2002.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
Mio, my son a book by the beloved Swedish author Astrid Lindgren takes us to a ride to a fare away land where the orphan boy Bosse find his real father the king. Bosse is a lonely boy living in a family where he is not loved. A genie carries him across the sky to a land of beaty and love. Bosse finds out that he is really the long lost son of the king and that his true name is Mio. Together with his friend Jum-Jum they ride his horse Miramis all aroud the beautifull country. But there are shadows in the land of happiness as well. Children are missing, the evil Knith Kamo has abducted them. Mio realises it is his destiny to go and free them.
Mio my Son is a book that speaks about the innermost fiers of all children: about being alone, having to be brave when one feels small and frigtened, and above all it speaks about loss and death. Astrid Lindgren does this all in a gentle way. Mio my son is not a dark book but more a adventure where the reader find his/hers own courage along the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Girl on 11 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
I would sadly it seems like the books of Pippi Longstocking are the once most translated to English and easiest to get hold of, as others by Astrid Lindgren are so much better; like this one...

It`s about an adopted boy - Bosse - living with his "aunt" and "uncle" who really dosn`t want him.

But one day he`s given a golden apple together with a card from a lady who likes him and this takes him to "the land long away" where he meets his "dad" the king of this country.

He gets new friends, a horse that even can fly and you read about things like storytellings well.

Though it turns out Mio (Bosse) is there on a mission...

It`s a book about a bravery, that not all childhoods are so easy; like in all the fairytails.

Lindgren wrote it all in such a beautiful storytelling way that I`ve currently reread it as a grown up and really enjoyed it

Hihgly reccomendable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KiranoKieli on 3 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is such a wonderful book! It's one of those books that I just find myself re-reading again and again. I grew up with this book and now when I have a child of my own I will cary on the tradition.

Maybe not a book for young children as it can be very sad in it's places and Lindgren pictures well the sad and the scary parts that happends in the book. Maybe a book more for an 8+ year old. It's a true classic that works for every generation. Highly recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Children's Story 13 July 2003
By Kimbyy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a Child Development Teacher and in the past 6 years have worked with children ages 0 - 17 years. I am a very big fan of childrens literature and have read most of the popular stories including the Harry Potter series, Holes (before there was ever a movie) and such. When I was raving about Harry Potter my boyfriend insisted that the best children's fantasy book ever is Mio, My Son. He is Swedish and has only been in the U.S. for the past 7 years. I looked high and low for this book two years ago and finally had it transfered to my local library so I could read it.
It is amazing. I really did love the story with the fantasy and the father / son connection. We are expecting our first baby this fall and I am so happy to see that this book is in reprint. I will definitely be purchasing a copy to put aside for our little one to read when he/she is older.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful story for CHILDREN!!! 17 Nov. 2005
By M. McGregor - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
From E.A. Solinas' review: "It's never really dark or genuinely thrilling..."

Absolutely no offense intended, but try saying that if you're an 8-year-old girl who loves horses and fairy tales! This book has haunted me for years. I checked it out time and time again from my school library, and tried to find it as an adult, but I couldn't remember the title, the main character's name OR the author. All I remembered was ..."a horse called Miramis"... but that was somehow enough to track it down on a lost books site.

I remember the story as being mystical and full of entrancing descriptions. The story of a journey to destiny is timeless, and really captured me back then. I'm just thrilled to have found it again, and can't wait to get another copy.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A delight for your heart! 25 Jan. 2005
By Anna Schroder - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mio My Son, or Mio Min Mio as I like to call it, is one of the most beautiful books Astrid Lindgren has written. Although this new edition is somewhat confusing to me how they have changed the name of the main character from one Swedish name into another. The original name of Mio is Bo Willhelm Olsson and yet here they chose to name him Karl Anders Nilsson. And his aunt's name is really Edla - not Hulda, and his uncle's name is Sixten - not Olaf. Regardless it's one of the greatest stories ever told, a story filled with love, friendship, loyalty and bravery!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
the stuff dreams are made from 17 Jan. 2006
By Julia - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am so happy to find this book in English so that I can share it to my little American friends. In Germany, where I was born in 1983, Astrid Lindgren is a 'must-have' in every children's bookshelf. I grew up with beautiful characters like Mio and Madita, Michel and Ronja. I think the other reviews speak for themselves, I just wanted to add one more thing from self experience:

I think these bed-time fitted books (chapter length chosen for a 15 to 30 min reading session) are what made me dream as fantastic as I still do.

Astrid Lindgren knew the secret of how to catch on to children's interest, and how to pack messages of value in understandable words for them...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Magnificent Children's Book 3 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A wonderful story about a boy and his father and their adventures in farawayland. A bed time reading classic every child will treasure. Very hard to find, but a must for any library as children will love this book even when they grow up - I know I do. Also highly recommended by Astrid Lindgren is The Brothers Lionheart.
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