Sunday, 3 November 2019

NOVEMBER'S AUTHOR by Sharon Tregenza


Astrid Lindgren was born, Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson on 14th November 1907 in Vimmerby, Sweden.

She was the second of the four children of Samuel August, a tenant farmer, and Hanna Jonsson Ericsson. Storytelling was a natural part of their childhood and their parents encouraged them to engage with the world of literature.

In 1931 she married Sture Lindgren, her office manager, and started a family. As her children were growing up Lindgren told them stories from her own childhood. At the age of 37, she began to write down the Pippi tales. Pippi Longstocking is the most loved and enduring of her children's book characters. The first Pippi adventure, was published in 1945. Lindgren went on to write over 80 books, which have been translated into around 90 languages.

Five facts about Astrid Lindgren:

1. Her book sales reached an estimated 150 million copies.

2. Germany created a postage stamp in her honour and there's an amusement park that celebrates her books.

3. Her first work was published in a newspaper when she won a local competition aged only 13.

4. She received an average of 150 letters a week from fans and replied personally to as many as she could.

5. The Bank of Sweden issued a 20 Kroner note featuring her image.

Astrid Lingren died peacefully, at the age of 94, at her home in Stockholm on January the 28th, 2002.


Penny Dolan said...

A heroine - both Astrid and Pippi! Love your alphabietical choices, Sharon.

Anne Booth said...

I loved this. Thank you so much ! What an inspiration!