Rasmus and the Vagabond
Rasmus and the Vagabond  -     By: Astrid Lindren
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Plough Publishing House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 0874865972
ISBN-13: 9780874865974

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After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he meets an extraordinary tramp called "Paradise Oscar." Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, catch the culprits, and find Rasmus a home. Astrid Lindgren, who gave the world Pippi Longstocking, sets this action-packed classic of children s literature in the Swedish countryside before the age of automobiles. This is one book you ll want to read more than once."

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  1. Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A pleasure- glad it's been reprinted for today.
    March 23, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gather the children, open these pages and meet little Rasmus.

    At age nine, Rasmus wants so badly to be free of the orphanage.

    The efficient Miss Hawk is a poor substitute for a mother's love, and prospective parents always adopt girls with curly hair.

    What is a straight-haired boy to do?

    Run away, of course, to find "somebody who wants me."

    So Rasmus does, all alone on a summer night, with one coin and a zwieback in his pocket.

    Friends often appear in unlikely places, wearing unexpected faces. Rasmus never would have trusted a tramp... but Oscar promises that he doesn't eat children, calls himself God's Best Friend, and carries big ham sandwiches on rye bread. And he's perfectly at home on the open road.

    Beside him, Rasmus can journey safely to a new family.

    What a delightful book.

    There is adventure aplenty that would have enthralled me as a kid and still had the grown-up me turning pages fast.

    See, they don't simply wander around the countryside, marching along lanes, napping in sandhollows, visiting farms, and singing for their suppers.

    No, Rasmus and Paradise Oscar run afoul of some robbers- a situation calling for bravery and ingenuity in the face of danger.

    Warm-heartedness is celebrated in every chapter as our two tramps grow quite attached to each other.

    Rasmus continues to imagine his ideal father as handsome, rich, and good, but Oscar is so kind and honest- why couldn't he have been a wealthy grocer? Then Rasmus could stay with him forever.

    Honestly, I did not see the ending coming. I didn't. There's a plot twist in the last two chapters and at first I thought "Well, that's a bittersweet but satisfactory ending." And then I read a bit more and said "No, that's a wonderful ending."

    You'll see what I mean. :-)

    And the writing- oh, the writing. This is back in the days when children's books were loaded with subtle wit and humor.

    Rasmus: "Didn't anyone ever offer you a job?"

    Oscar: "Yes, it has happened. But on the whole people are usually nice to me."

    And there's doses of gentle truth, too.

    At one point Rasmus asks "Could I get to be one of those God's best friends anyway?"

    "Yes," Oscar reassures him, "They're not that fussy up there."

    This book is going on my shelf next to the Pippi Longstocking series. It should be a classic- right there with Eleanor Estes' Moffat books.

    Thank you to Plough Publishing House for my review copy, provided through HandleBar Media.
  2. Anna Edwards
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful read
    March 18, 2015
    Anna Edwards
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I completely loved this book. Rasmus is a fun character that gets into mischief and out of it but tries to be good and to do the right thing.

    Thank you Handlebar Publishing for sharing this book with me.
  3. Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a fun classic!
    February 8, 2015
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thank you FlyBy for this review copy.

    I don't care what the publisher says! They're wrong! There's no way that this book is just for 8-12 year olds. ~smile~ I enjoyed this book so very much. Who cares if I'm old enough to have teenagers?

    It was an easy read that was refreshingly clean in contrast to so much of the twaddle that is currently being published for kids. It was nostalgic and innocent. I'm going to encourage my thirteen year old to read it anyway just because it's a fun book. It's a reprint of an old book written by Astrid Lindgren the author of Pippi Longstocking. I loved that book as a kid. I think that it would make a great read aloud or a great gift.
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