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Mio, My Son
     

Mio, My Son

by Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland (Illustrator), Jill Morgan (Translator)
 

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Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson is the unwelcome foster child of an uncaring couple. Lonely and neglected, he yearns for simple things, things that many children already have: a warm, loving home of his own, someone to share his sorrows and joys with, and, most important, his real father. 

Then, on October 15th, Karl Anders Nilsson simply disappears.

Overview

Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson is the unwelcome foster child of an uncaring couple. Lonely and neglected, he yearns for simple things, things that many children already have: a warm, loving home of his own, someone to share his sorrows and joys with, and, most important, his real father. 

Then, on October 15th, Karl Anders Nilsson simply disappears. Where has he gone? (Police are searching for him!) But Karl is far away from chilly Stockholm, in Farawayland, where he has found his father, who is none other than the King of that land. And now Karl faces a truly dangerous mission. Prophecies have foretold his coming for thousands of years. He, his new best friend Pompoo, and Miramis, his wonderful flying horse with a golden mane, must travel together into the darkness of Outer Land to do battle with Sir Kato, the cruel abductor of the children of Farawayland. Only a child of the royal blood can stop him....

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A tale of exquisite and rare beauty.” —Saturday Review
 
“Beautifully written...with sensitive illustrations, Mio, My Son is a splendid contribution to the fairy-tale shelf.” —Chicago Sunday Tribune

“A charming fairy story that should complement young feelings of love and adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Originally published in 1954, Lindgren’s story of Mio will delight modern children. Told in the fairy tale tradition, the story is about nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson who disappeared from his Stockholm home without a trace. Karl Anders was an unhappy child who had lived with foster parent since he was only one. When spending time at his best friend Ben’s home, he began to wish for a father. He always knew his own father was waiting for him somewhere. Mrs. Lundy at the fruit shop offers him a beautiful red apple if he’ll mail a card for her. The card seems to glow and he sees a strange message to the king of Farawayland about someone who has a golden apple. Karl Anders suddenly realizes his apple is shining gold and then sees a bottle with something moving inside. He tentatively opens the bottle and releases a genie that carries him to meet his father, the king of Farawayland. A story of love, friendship and bravery follows as young Mio, formerly known as Karl Anders, performs the necessary tasks to save Farawayland from the evil Sir Kato. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
02/01/2016
Gr 3–7—Pippi Longstocking fans will find much to enjoy in these new editions of Lindgren's classic works about characters just as unforgettable as her rambunctious redhead. In Mio, My Son, a young boy is reunited with his long-lost father, whom he discovers is the King of Farawayland. As the hero learns the ins and outs of his fantastical new home and receives the love of a father he has never known, He also discovers that he's at the center of a foreboding prophecy. Filled with flying horses, an evil villain, and new friendships, this warm tale will resonate with young fantasy fans. Seacrow Island features the adventures of the four Melkerson siblings and their widowed father, who move to a small island in the sparkling Baltic Sea. Reminiscent of Madeleine L'Engle's "Austin" books and works by Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, and Jeanne Birdsall, this summery title is steeped in the familiarity and quaintness of island life. With a cast of charming characters and a string of beachside high jinks, this lovely work will enchant readers so much they'll be smelling sea salt in the air for days after closing the last page.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590178706
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
339,091
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) was born in Vimmerby, Sweden, and grew up with three siblings on a family farm in the Småland countryside, a setting that later formed the backdrop for many of her books. In 1926 she moved to Stockholm where she found work as a secretary. She did not begin writing until 1944 when, immobilized with a sprained ankle, she began to set down the Pippi Longstocking stories she had invented over the years to entertain her daughter, Karin. Her first book (Britt-Mari Opens Her Heart) was published by Rabén & Sjögren that same year, followed by Pippi Longstocking in 1945. Free-spirited and super­naturally strong in all respects, Pippi was an immediate favorite of Swedish schoolchildren, and her popularity only increased with the tales of her adventures that followed. In 1946, Lindgren became an editor and then the head of the children’s book department at Rabén & Sjögren, a role she held for the next twenty-four years, living in Stockholm and spending summers on her beloved island of Furusund in the Stockholm archipelago. After the Pippi series, Lindgren wrote many fairy tales and picture books, in addition to further chapter books, including Seacrow Island (1964; published by The New York Review Children’s Collection) and Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter (1981). In addition to writing more than forty children’s books, Lindgren published and produced plays and screenplays, and was politically active and lobbied successfully for what became the Animal Protection Act of 1988. She received the Swedish Academy’s Gold Medal in 1971 for her contribution to children’s literature, and the Dag Hammarskjöld Award (1984), Albert Schweitzer Medal (1989), and Right Livelihood Award (1994) for her humanitarian efforts. In 2003 the Swedish government created the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in her honor.

Ilon Wikland was born in Estonia and came as a refugee to Sweden in 1944. In 1953, she applied for a job as illustrator at the Swedish publishers Raben & Sjögren, where she met Astrid Lindgren, who had just finished writing Mio, My Son. Wikland is the artist who has illustrated the greatest number of Astrid Lindgren’s books. She lives in Sweden.

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