1940’s Innocence – Maj Lindman’s Series (Chapter Books Suitable for Extra-Young Readers)

By , October 16, 2008 1:39 pm

I am on a roll with Swedish children’s books after last week’s recommendation of Astrid Lindgren’s The Children of Noisy Village and Happy Times in Noisy Village.  That post reminded me of Maj Lindman’s two lovely series:  Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Snipp, Snapp, Snurr.

Don’t you love it when you wander into a thrift store and discover something wonderful?  I know I do.  It always brightens my day when that happens.  Snipp, Snapp, Snurr, and the Reindeer and Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Three Kittens were that kind of happy thrift store find!

The Snipp, Snap, Snurr series (first published in the U.S. in 1957) is about three adventurous little Swedish boys in, I would estimate, the 1930’s or ’40’s.  Although the books seem to be written with boys in mind, my daughters love them too.

The Flicka, Ricka, Dicka books (first U.S. publication was 1941) are about (you guessed it!) three adventurous little Swedish girls of that era.  Again, although targeted toward girls, my son loves these books as much as his sisters do.

The books are short, about 24 pages each.  Since each two page spread includes one page of text (in very large type) and a wonderful Maj Lindman 1950’s-style illustration on the facing page, there are really only 12 pages of text per book.  There are no chapters, but these are entirely suitable for beginning chapter book readers since they are so short and fairly simple:

Each book involves an innocent adventure with a little bit of minor drama (boys lost in the snow, a missing cat, etc.) that is, of course, always happily resolved.  None of it is too suspenseful or frightening which makes it appropriate for even the youngest new readers.

Also, if you don’t mind buying from Amazon, they are all part of the 4-for-3 promotion so you could get four of these wonderful Maj Lindman books for the price of three!

Our first two:

The others (those that are easily available in the U.S.):

Snipp, Snapp, Snurr

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka

5 Responses to “1940’s Innocence – Maj Lindman’s Series (Chapter Books Suitable for Extra-Young Readers)”

  1. Becky says:

    I love to buy/read children’s books. My latest finds were two cute books written by Lance Waite.… “A Day At the Beach With My Dad,” and “A Day With My Dad.” Although I didn’t get them at a thrift store, where I normally buy my books, they were a great deal, and a great find!

  2. joann10 says:

    I vowed to save money and not buy any books for the next six months, but I couldn’t resist, and ordered two sets of these books…. oh well, I now vow not to buy anymore books for the “next” six months…..

    joann10s last blog post..Brotherly Love

  3. Terri says:

    Actually the Snipp, Snapp, Snurr books, originally from Sweden ,were first published here in the 1030’s and are very collectible

  4. Chris Wilson says:

    Just found your blog. I think it’s great!

    Wanted to let you know that I’m linking to this post of yours on a page I’m adding soon to my website. (It’s about news in children’s publishing, and 2010 Newbery Honor winner, Grace Lim, mentioned the Snipp, Snapp, Snurr books in an interview.)

    I’m going to bookmark your blog, and subscribe to your RSS feed.



  5. Lou says:

    I was thrilled to find Flicka, Ricka and Dicka books by Maj Lindman at Amazon. I read them in the 50s and my daughter read them 20 yrs later. What a surprise to be able to buy them for my grandchildren. :)Lou

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