RASMUS and the VAGABOND Author:Astrid Lindgren "He started to run across the wet grass, between the apple trees and down to the gate. Outside, the road wound before him like a ribbon. He kept running farther into the summer night." — Nine-year-old Rasmus was running away from the orphanage to look for a home of his own. He was sure that somewhere there must be parents who wanted a boy of h... more »is age with straight hair, and he set out to find them. Then he met Oscar - Paradise Oscar - the most remarkable tramp anyone is ever likely to meet. Rasmus liked him at once, and they took to the road together.