Saturday, June 12, 2010

come visit Noisy Village

"In the winter the boys usually throw snowballs at each other during recess. In the spring they shoot marbles, and the girls play hopscotch. When the boys have nothing else to do they fight, and during class they get into all kinds of mischief, whether it's winter or spring."
~The Children of Noisy Village

I'm not sure where I first heard of these books, but in my opinion, the stories of these children from Noisy Village even surpasses Astrid Lindgren's more famous offering of Pippi Longstocking. The simple, sweet adventures of the children around the farm, on their way to and from school, and their holiday celebrations make for a fun and gentle read of farm life in Sweden in the 1940s.

In The Children of Noisy Village, the story is told from the perspective of Lisa who lives in middle farm with her two older brothers. Her friends who make up the rest of the children from noisy village live on either side of her farm in north and south farms. Together they squabble, tease and play their way through an idyllic Swedish childhood.

In the sequel, Happy Times in Noisy Village, the farm next door has a new baby, Lisa is a little older, but essentially there are more stories and adventures along the same vein as the previous book. This second adventure in Noisy Village includes losing teeth, capturing a musk oxen, finding a chest of the wizards, taking a baby lamb to school and learning how to babysit.

Another story including the Noisy Village children is Christmas in Noisy Village, a beautiful picture book depicting the celebratory activities around the Christmas season. All of my kids enjoy this addition to our Christmas-time book basket with it's joyous portrayal of the children's holiday gatherings.

Apparently there's another picture book in this series as well, Springtime In Noisy Village, but I have yet to snag a copy of this out-of-print book at a thrift store. So if you see one, grab it! ;)

Be sure to visit the Caps For Sale post and leave a comment, if you haven't already, so you can be entered into the giveaway!


  1. We'll have to keep our eyes out for this one, too. Have you checked for a copy? We've gotten several out of prints there.

    I'll add to this genre the Melendy books-- Elisabeth Enright's series: Four-Story-Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spiderweb for Two... some of my favorite middle-childhood books.

  2. We are in a huge Noisy Village phase right now. Dieter chooses chapters out of order according to his preference. Somehow that second book had slipped under my radar! I must find it--I think the Green Pumpkin may just have to bring it this year! Springtime in Noisy Village is worth it, if you are inclined to order a used copy from Amazon. The illustrations are fantastic and it is such a wonderful addition to the spring book basket. Wheat I love about all the Noisy Village books is that they depict a childhood of fun and resourcefulness without electronics, shopping, materialism or any of that kind of stuff.

  3. I haven't seen these books before! They look very sweet. I do like Pippi Longstocking, so I imagine I would really like these. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. We love all things Astrid Lindgren! Zach is especially fond of Christmas in Noisy Village, so sweet and idyllic. Have you read "Mio, My Son"? Our current A.L. favorite -- must read!

  5. My daughter's very favorite is "Ronia, The Robber's Daughter". We still have to find "Happy Times", but I look forward to sharing these with my Lambies soon!

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