Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren ; Illustrated by Ilon Wikland ; Translated by Florence Lamborn.
New York : Viking Press, 1963. First edition. Hardcover. 122 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm. $2.50 dust jacket. A very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
Happy Times in Noisy Village
by Astrid Lindgren
Illustrated by Ilon Wikland
Translated by Florence Lamborn
"My name is Lisa and I am a girl, as I have already told you. I have two brothers I These words begin the book and let us know that Lisa and Olaf and Bill and Britta and Anna and Karl—the children of "Noisy Village" — again have many exciting adventures to be related. They are told about by Lisa in her own (and Astrid Lindgren's) special way which is realistic, wise, humorous, and thoroughly delightful.
Many intriguing things happen —Olaf gets a baby sister, Lisa gets a baby lamb, Anna and Lisa explore baby-nursing, a "Cherry Company" is formed—but, most important, the children grow and develop and make plans for their future—Lisa is going "to marry Olaf, so there!"
Somewhere in Sweden there are three neighboring farms that everybody calls "Noisy Village" because six high-spirited nine- to eleven-year-olds live there: three boys, Karl, Olaf, and Bill; and three girls, Britta, Anna, and Lisa, who tells this story.
The grownups of the community are vividly alive in Lisa's perceptive descriptions. Mr. Kind, the shoemaker, for instance, is not at all like his name—a real crank, in fact. And Grandfather, whom all the children love, they would "rather have than a dog."
But the children themselves are the principal players in all the delightful little dramas of country life which sparkle with the fun that only resourceful, imaginative children without "ready-made" amusements can devise. Some incidents are almost outrageously funny, some are quiet; but every one is animated with the warmth and wisdom of happy childhood.
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