We're deep into a Pippi Longstocking obsession here in my house. My four year old daughter has discovered her ultimate, pig-tailed heroine and now she makes me braid her hair and let her wear mismatched outfits and she told me she loves Pippi because she's brave, tough and has adventures and I thought, this is what I want my little girl to admire. Pippi is awesome and in some ways a more preferable role model than Disney princesses. I wasn't sure if my daughter was ready for chapter books yet - the kind without pictures one every page and short, simple plots, but we decided to go for it and see if she would be into the classic Pippi Longstocking books written a long time ago in Sweden by Astrid Lindgren. We got her The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, which includes all of the original, translated Pippi stories, from the library. Huge, huge hit. Every night we read a chapter of Pippi before bed and I have to say that I am enjoying the tales as much as my child. They're funny, sweet and very clever without being too preachy like some kids' books feel they have to be nowadays. They don't all teach a lesson, yet Pippi remains something to aspire to because she's strong and independent. She's also weirdly responsible at times, can cook and clean her own house and she stands up to bullies of all stripes while being very sincere and kind most of the time. I cannot recommend the Pippi books enough, for boys or girls preschool age and on up.