March 26, 2015

Review of Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren

Review of Rasmus and the Vagabond
by Astrid Lindgren

I don’t know how I missed reading this delightful story growing up.  It was first published when I was 3 so I didn't expect to even like it a little bit!  I’m a grandmother of 22 children, reading this to recommend, or not, for them, not expecting to be enthralled!

9 year old Rasmus lived in an orphanage, kind of like the stereotypical orphanages of years gone by with strict, non-loving discipline.  He ran away with many misgivings, but was compelled to search for parents who would love him… even though he had straight hair!

He stumbled on a tramp, the “vagabond” who became his best friend-- leading him in and out of trouble, good times, hunger, with music and freedom on an amazing journey.  The end of their journey was quite a twist to the story that would delight any reader, young or old. 

The author, Asrid Lindren (1907-2002) created the character of Pippi Longstocking to entertain her daughter.  Lindgren was awarded the Hans Chritian Andersen Medal for her contribution to international children's literature.

Thanks to Plough Publishing for sending me Rasmus and the Vagabond to review.  It was a delight!