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The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils Paperback – 17 Jun 2004
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So, I bought two copies of this wonderful tale of a boy who gets turned into a tiny gnome by a gnome he teases and then sets off with his farmyard gander and the wild geese on their annual summer migration. After all their adventures together, Nils is transformed and the gnome turns him back to his normal size. In Britain, this story isn't known at all, it seems, certainly not up here. So, I have donated these two copies to the Moray Library Service in the hope that local children will also learn to appreciate geese and all other wild life by reading this classic, which is not only very well-known in Scandinavia, but in Germany too!
And ultimately, I wish it will help the wild geese that come to Moray and beyond over the winter months.
The style is really gripping, the legends may be unknown to ppl outside Sweden but provide a marvellous background to the tale.
This was my first book that my mum read to me, and it remains a book that is worth reading and reading again.
Selma Lagerlof I believe won the Nobel Prize,she loved her country and wrote other books, but Nils has passed into history and if you do not know this endearing character yet... jump on this opportunity to read this book. You will not be disappointed if you want adventures.
click here for example of abridged shortened book - 96 pages
click here for example of unabridged original book - 219 pages
the page numbers are an indication of the type of book, in my opinion you will not find this book unabridged with less than about 200 pages.
Nils' adventures are those any child could wish to experience, be it only in their dreams, and turn out to be a fantastic tool to learn Sweden's geography and mores in a very recreative way. The vocabulary of birds, trees and plants is quite rich and widens children's knowledge consequently. In short, an edifyng,teaching book which mingles fantasy, adventure, ecologial awareness, civic-mindedness (but fortunately not moralizing to the extreme, THAT would be boring !)with a freshness of style. Some good and salutary food for thought and dreams!
This book is the exact translation of the complete Swedish version (abridged in parts with the author's consent and approval at the turn of the century for the Swedish edition as it was sometimes too "stodgy" with all its geographical details). N.B. There is a shorter version for children aged 4 to 5 that makes them want to read the entire book later on their own wthout their parents' help or reading it aloud for them for bed-time.
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