"Rasmus and the Vagabond" is a novel by Astrid Lindgren -- the Swedish author of the beloved Pippi Longstocking books.
Rasmus is a young boy living at an orphanage who is longing to be loved. When a mishap at the orphanage causes Rasmus to fear he'll get a beating from the stern directress, he makes the decision to run away in search of a family who will love him.
I really enjoyed the part of this novel that described Rasmus' life at the orphanage -- the relationships between the kids, the chores they are required to do and the adoption process: "They always pick girls with curly hair". The highlights of Rasmus' experience at the orphanage are his friendship with another orphan, Gunnar, and his finding special treasures -- a 5 cent piece and a beautiful shell.
Eventually, Rasmus meets up with Oscar, a traveling vagabond, and together they have adventures, help others and solve a mystery.
My biggest concern with the novel is the songs that Oscar sings. The lyrics feature stories about people being cut, clawed to death by lions or bathed in their own blood. Mention is also made about a ghost dog, but the book clearly states "There are no such things as ghosts."
Aside from the songs, this novel is a fun, lighthearted novel complete with adventure and mystery. The illustrations are delightful and Rasmus is such a sweet boy that readers are sure to fall in love with him and with Oscar, the kind vagabond he meets on his journey.
Will Rasmus' dream of finding a home of his own and a family to love him come true? You'll have to read "Rasmus and the Vagabond" to find out!
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