Who remembers Pippi Longstocking? Emil? Classic children’s books that we are all familiar with never go out of style. I’ve had the pleasure of reading one of those classics, now being reprinted.
Astrid Lindgren is the author behind such great books. Her Amazon page is loaded with great characters and creative stories. Here’s a bit more about her –
Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.
Rasmus and the Vagabond is a book that maybe isn’t as well-known as Pippi but all the same charm and beautiful story-telling are present. Reading this book takes you to another time and place, when children were expected to work to support themselves by age 13 and a homeless vagabond was friendly. It’s almost so different I can’t fathom it. But Lindgren does an amazing job of recreating that world with her words, you really can imagine yourself there.
After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Rasmus dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?
With charming illustrations and such descriptive words, Rasmus and the Vagabond belongs on every shelf. And now you have the chance to win a copy! Here’s how to enter:
– Leave a comment, telling me your favorite book to read aloud to your children. My seven year old has been mesmerized by this book!
This giveaway will end on February 17 at 8pm. The winner will be notified by email so please be sure to leave a working email address.
This giveaway has now ended. Thank you to all who entered! The winner is comment #4 – Carol!