sitting still and reading a book was a nightmare for me. As a child, I hated reading, it just was boring. I was much more into romping around outside. And then, Astrid Lindgren and bullerby (the six bullerby children) appeared in my life…the book was far too thick…a present…I started to read discontentedly and at once I was thrilled by the text…Lasse, Bosse, Ole, Britta, Lisa, and Inga were also romping around all day. I didn’t end up as a bookworm at that time but at least I also read the 2nd part. From where I stand today I would say the book left an imprint: Sweden is one of my favorite places…you have seen this on my blog already several times: with my bolmsö layout or koster layout, my minimalistic Stockholm mini-album, and now with this relatively new layout here:
Thanks to Julia (pieces for happiness), I heard about a biography of Astrid Lindgren. Biographies sound dry and boring…I was not sure if that book would be the right for me. Nowadays, could call me a bookworm, but you can never be sure about biographies. But I gave it a try…I was too curious on the other hand. When it arrived and I held it the first time, again, as with the six bullerby children, I thought: “what a thick book”. Nevertheless, I read through it in a short time. It wasn’t dry and boring at all, on the contrary, I was positively surprised.
So far, I thought that someone who writes such amazing books for children must have had a wonderful life and be familiar with children’s pedagogy or psychology. Far from it: Astrid Lindgren grow up in a bullerby-like area, it just wasn’t that idyllic as in her books. Her life wasn’t easy: she got pregnant age 18, decided to deliver the child, got a professional education and was a single mom for a long time…and that back in the 20s and 30s of the last century. Kudos, even nowadays this would not be easy at all. Through the book I met an exceptional woman, a fighter with a very modern life. You might realize that I loved the book, even found it thrilling. Don’t think of a crime story. Thrilling because her life was full of surprises and turn and maybe also because of the writing style of the biography itself. Unfortunatley, this version doesn’t exist in English so far. Otherwise I would have recommended to you for your christmas wish list.