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Book Title: Dzieci z Bullerbyn|
The author of the book: Astrid Lindgren
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Edition: Nasza Księgarnia
Date of issue: 1997
ISBN 13: 9788310100924
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The Noisy Village series (well in this here case, the German language translation of Astrid Lindgren's original Swedish text, and where the hamlet is known as Bullerbü) was one of my absolute favourites when I was a little girl (I must have read all three books at least ten times, and that is a conservative estimate). At that age (from about age six to age nine or ten) I just felt and knew on a purely emotional and personal level that I absolutely adored the sweet and enchanting episodical nuggets of carefree childhood in a turn of the century Swedish village (actually, even less than that, but really just three interconnected farms). Now, after recently rereading for the first time in decades, I can truly appreciate and understand both emotionally and academically, stylistically, how simply wonderful the first-person narrative of seven year old Lisa really is. Astrid Lindgren has so perfectly captured the innocent, but also astute voice of an imaginative and observant child (Lisa shines, and from her, emanates a magic that makes everything in Bullerbü sparkle with sweetness and light).
Although Die Kinder aus Bullerbü (in the English translations, I believe Bullerbü is known as Noisy Village) thus still remains and will always remain a personal favourite, I am also by no means blind and deaf to the rather unfortunate and salient fact that the children of Bullerbü, and especially the three boys, are constantly and joyfully playing Indian (a tendency of especially older adventure and nostalgia based children's literature which is often and with much justification regarded as profoundly anathema by many Native Americans and Canadians). And while even as a child, these episodes always did feel mildly uncomfortable, they also did not bother me all that much either, but they certainly do quite massively grate and chafe now. I do realise that these stories, these anecdotal episodes were written in the 1940s (and that the concept of playing Cowboys and Indians was a common and accepted trend and theme in European children's literature, and is actually still much more commonplace and accepted than in North America).
If I were reading the Bullerbü series with or to children, I would most definitely be discussing this (to me important) issue, especially with regard to that one scene where the children are pretending that the family cows are an opposing Native American tribe. However, at least in the German translations, these episodes have been retained, to be discussed as necessary, unlike in the American "Noisy Village" translations, where they have seemingly been redacted altogether, understandable perhaps, but also both unfortunate and even rather unacceptable, as for one, these episodes are an integral part of the plot and storyline and as already briefly pointed out, for two, lead themselves very well to discussions and considerstions as to what constitutes so called political correctness (and whether inclusiveness and cultural understanding could even be achieved by simply removing, expurging words, scenes, themes now deemed possibly or probably offensive from older and more dated children's books, as really, removing such content could actually and easily be painting, showing an erroneous portrait of the past, of the world when the given book, in this case, the Bullerbü trilogy, was first published).
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Read information about the authorAstrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, (1907 - 2002) was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 165 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.
Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing (1958)
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