When I was a kid, I read a lot of books and at a young age developed a love of reading. One of the many authors who helped develop my love of the written word, was Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking books. (Oddly enough, Pippa my dog, is not named after Pippi Longstocking, but rather Pippa Middleton).
To be honest, I didn't know that Lindgren has written any books other than the Longstocking series; but, as it turns out she has written plenty of other books. A couple of months ago, I was offered an opportunity to read and review "Rasmus and the Vagabond" which was written by Lindgren and being re-printed. I decided to jump on the opportunity since I had loved all the Pippi books so much. "Rasmus" arrived at my doorstep soon after and I'm pleased to say it was a fun and easy read and I enjoy Rasmus and his shenanigans just as much as I enjoyed Pippi.
The story follows Rasmus who was living in an orphanage that is operated by a staff that is a little strict to say the least. The children are looked after with a watchful eye while performing chores and fun is more or less discouraged. After finding a silver coin while performing some of his chores, Rasmus decides to set out on his own and this, my friends, is where his adventures begin. Rasmus meets a "vagabond" named Oscar along the way and they begin traveling together which results in countless adventures for the two friends. They both have a love for people who are often forgotten such as orphans, or the homeless and through their love of people and adventure, they develop a strong a lasting bond.
"Rasmus and the Vagabond" is very well-written and such a great a fun story. A classic for generations past, you will definitely want to add it to your child's collection as well. It will, no doubt, be a story that will be read over and over again. At 180 pages, it can easily be read in a day or two depending on how much time you put into it. You could also read a chapter or two at night to your child before bedtime. It is a great book for kids and adults alike. I'm thankful to have received this copy and glad that Plough Publishing House decided to reprint this classic for future generations to enjoy.
"Rasmus and the Vagabond" is available for around $10 at Amazon and other retailers.