I was never happier about any Children of the World book. This book, almost impossible to track down, was the best possible book to finish the series on. It’s ridiculously cute. The copy I have has 50% ripped pages, taped together and yellowed with age. It’s original title was Eva moter Noriko-San, published in 1956.
Eva gets the news that she is going to visit Noriko-San all by herself (!). Noriko-San gets ready for her, putting on a kimono and arranging a bunch of super-creepy dolls. Eva comes and the two frolic about. They switch outfits. Finally Eva leaves. From the plane window she waves with her hankie. I giggled.
I don’t really understand why this is the most rare Astrid Lindgren book of all; it’s cute, but this book seems like it has a following like no other book in the series.
You have to suspend your belief in reality a little for this book: Then all at once, the smallest cousin of all says, “Listen. I hear an airplane.” And that was really Eva’s plane.