Siri and Little Otto are building a sandcastle at the beach.
Middle Otto and Big Otto have new flippers and snorkels, and hit the waters boisterously.
“I don’t know how to dive,” Siri tells Little Otto. “I do!” says Little Otto and runs into the water with his float in hand. Siri thinks his diving looks a little strange. She begins to feel peeved when Middle Otto and Big Otto return to the surface to show off the underwater treasures they found. Siri decides to teach herself to dive as well.
The characters found in the Siiri books are among the most loved in Finnish children’s literature. Siiri is an energetic little girl, and Little Otto, Middle Otto, and Big Otto are her best friends. The Siiri books, created by author Tiina Nopola (b. 1955) and illustrator Mervi Lindman (b. 1971), bring the everyday moments that mean so much to pre-school children to life.
Siiri and her New Friends, 2002
Siiri and the Upstairs Neighbour, 2003
Siiri and Messy Gretel, 2004
Siiri and the Horrid Pig, 2005
Siiri and the Little Flea, 2006
Siiri and the Perky Puppy, 2008
Siiri’s Christmas Surprise, 2009
Siiri and the Scary Ghost, 2010
Siiri Scores a Goal, 2011
Siiri and the Yeti, 2012
Siiri and the Wild Toddler, 2013
Siiri and the Star, 2014
Siiri Finds a Seashell, 2015
Siiri and the Lucky Horse, 2016
Siiri and Curious Casper, 2017
Siiri and the Bold Rabbit, 2018
Siiri and the Big Climb, 2020
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Vietnam (Kim Dong)
“Mervi Lindman’s gentle and funny illustrations complement Tiina Nopola’s fast and flowing narration wonderfully.” — Helsingin Sanomat newspaper