"Oh, sure, we played croquet and things like that," said Annika. "But it's lots more fun with Pippi around, I think. And with horses and things."
4 Pippi Goes to School
Of course Tommy and Annika went to school. Each morning at eight o'clock they trotted off, hand in hand, swinging their schoolbags.
At that time Pippi was usually grooming her horse or dressing Mr. Nilsson in his little suit. Or else she was taking her morning exercises, which meant turning forty-three somersaults in a row. Then she would sit down on the kitchen table and, utterly happy, drink a large cup of coffee and eat a piece of bread and cheese.
Tommy and Annika always looked longingly toward Villa Villekulla as they started off to school. They would much rather have gone to play with Pippi. If only Pippi had been going to school too; that would have been something else again.
"Just think what fun we could have on the way home from school," said Tommy.
"Yes, and on the way to school too," said Annika.
The more they thought about it the worse they felt to think that Pippi did not go to school, and at last they determined to try to persuade her to begin.
"You can't imagine what a nice teacher we have," said Tommy artfully to Pippi one afternoon when he and Annika had come for a visit at Villa Villekulla after they had finished their homework.
"If you only knew what fun it is in school!" Annika added. "I'd die if I couldn't go to school."
Pippi sat on a hassock, bathing her feet in a tub. She said nothing but just wiggled her toes for a while so that the water splashed around everywhere.
"You don't have to stay so very long," continued Tommy. "Just until two o'clock."
"Yes, and besides, we get Christmas vacation and Easter vacation and summer vacation," said Annika.
Pippi bit her big toe thoughtfully but still said nothing. Suddenly, as if she had made some decision, she poured all the water out on the kitchen floor, so that Mr. Nilsson, who sat near her playing with a mirror, got his pants absolutely soaked.