Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige

Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige is a book by Selma Lagerlöf.

"In 1902 the author received a commission from the National Teachers' Association to write a reader for the public schools.

"She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out hitherto unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces. These she has ingeniously woven into her story." (From translator Velma Swanston Howard's introduction.)


The book is about a young lad, Nils Holgersson, whose "chief delight was to eat and sleep, and after that he liked best to make mischief". A run-in with an elf sees him shrunken and able to talk with animals. Wild geese take him on a trip across Sweden.

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