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Happy Times in Noisy Village
on 6 May 2015
I loved Astrid Lindgren’s books as a child and, although my daughter has read – and enjoyed – the Pippi Longstocking books, she had not read anything else by Astrid Lindgren and was happy to give this a try. Lindgren was, of course, a Swedish author and this collection of stories was first published in 1949, so children will enjoy the unusual names of the characters and this depiction of an earlier, and more innocent time, when children were allowed to roam and play with much more freedom than most children have today.
The children of Noisy Village live in the countryside, where there are three farms in a row. There is Lasse, Bosse, Lisa, Olle, Britta and Anna – and not to forget baby Kerstin, Olle’s little sister. Together, the children go sledging, ice skating, go to a party, hunt for treasure and have lots of other adventures. With each chapter a self contained story, the book a fairly short 112 pages and fun, black and white illustrations, this is ideal for confident readers or the perfect length for bedtime. I would recommend this for children aged approx 6+. My daughter is 8 and she loved it – so much so that she is keen to read the companion volume, “The Children of Noisy Village.”