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Illustrator: Eric Palmquist
Genres: Juvenile Literature
Published by Plough Publishing House on November 28th 2014
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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."
*This post has been updated with my new format, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin on September 14, 2015.*
Through the many lists that I have acquired through out the years on books to read aloud to and books to let middle readers delve into, Astrid Lindgren has always been recommended. There are a few titles I often see, including her heroine Pippi Longstocking, but what about for the hero-inclined (aka boy) readers? Thus, we have Rasmus.
I love this cover! The book itself has that soft feel and the colors and image to the cover image are very attractive (Kudos Eric Palmquist!). For my personal book lists for my students I am a fan of the vintage classic books and it makes my heart smile when publishers republish titles that are worthwhile to be in the hands of a child. Originally published in 1956 and renewed and reinvigorated with life for a new generation for 2015, Plough has this in a pretty package. (Even the back cover text is in attractive fonts and shades!)
Rasamus and the Vagabond is engaging for the young reader. Our hero here is about the age of nine, and my 5.5 year old daughter is not quite ready for it alone, but I plan to have him nearby for introduction within a few years. I think she shall meet Pippi first. I won’t hesitate to read this aloud to her at this point (little violence, but much like a classic old tv western) but would want to wait to have her read it alone to make sure she would discuss with me any fears and situations.
I’d recommend this if you enjoy Pippi, or Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory), or Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web). 14 chapters of adventure that can create discussion and truly make you think.
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