You know, I don’t know what it is with Astrid Lindgren. Everytime I read one of her classics to the boys, or watch one of the films, I can’t help but crying a bit, on the quiet. They are so special. So much love and understanding.
And then they go and turn it all into a "theme park". I was sceptical. It must be crap. Pippi Longstocking masks made of plastic and Ronja burgers with Birk fries. Rubbish. However, after having heard enough friends saying how good it all was, we decided to give it a go. Abbe’s older brother is going through a true Emil-and-Pippi-period.
And here I have to concede. "Astrid Lindgren's World" is brilliant! We had a 2-day stay over, in a little cabin. An hour after our arrival the first day we were wondering how on earth we would manage to kill time here? But when we came back at the end of that day, we couldn’t see how we would be able to do all the things we wanted to do the following day.
The place is full of little plays and lots of music and songs (and we know all the songs). All the well-known places in Astrid’s books have been created to function both as stages for the play acting and as playgrounds. The food is ok-ish, but the children seem happy with that, too.
Now, the boys play Emil i Lönnerberga and Abbe is running around shouting "Eeeeemiiiim, ömme onge", the whole day. (From Emils dad who shouted "Emil, förgrrömmade onge", meaning "Emil outrageous kid")
Abbe crawls across on the plank between the shed and the larder at Katthult.
The Big brother became very small, at Nils Karlsson Pyssling’s place.
Abbe as Emil and his brother as Ida.