Nils is a lanky American boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy. One day a package arrives from his grandmother in Norway: she has sent him a pair of stockings she knit herself. Nils is excited to wear his stockings to school—only to be teased by the other children and embarrassed by his new gift. He later gets the last laugh one snowy day when the other boys at school shiver in the cold while he is warm, wearing his lovely stockings. Beautifully illustrated, Nils depicts the landscapes near their New England home that inspired the authors and gently encourages first-generation immigrants to celebrate their family heritage and unique traditions.
Known for their vibrant and imaginative interpretations of Scandinavian folklore, Greek and Norse mythology, and American history, the books of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire have entertained readers for more than seventy-five years. They received the Caldecott Medal for Abraham Lincoln and were awarded the Regina Medal for their distinguished contribution to children’s literature. Their books Children of the Northlights, Ola, Leif the Lucky, and d’Aulaires’ Book of Norwegian Folktales are also available.
40 pages, 18 b&w photos, 18 color plates, 8 x 10 in. Hardcover.