Sometimes its the perspective of a child that gives adults much needed clarity Without hyperbole metaphors or euphemisms this wonderful tale of adventure manages to show the complexity of nature and the abuse nature has gone through in the hands of humans Selma Lagerl f writes story about a boy who isn t always very nice and one day annoys an elf enough to get himself hit by a spell the boy Nils can now understand animals and birds along with turning into a very tiny person He travels across the *Country Sweden The Back *Sweden the back a gander and understands the nature through the eyes of birds Thw wonderful adventures of Nils is definitely one of the best books I ve read this ear Wonderful fantasy book for children or anyone who has not already read it I read it several times over the last 70 ears There s so much to the world of reading sigh And I continue to explore aspects of Children s Literature In The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Selma Lagerlof has created a slow mindful book that draws ou into a world of adventure fun and learning Initially I found the pace of the book a bit slow and thought it might be boring But I caught myself just in time we are usd to fast paced action thriller of novels we are not used to mindful novels This is one of those This book invites Cook Books From Amish Kitchens Meats And Meat Dishes you to just sit back with a cup of tea and fall in love with Thumbietot and Goosey Gander marvel at Sweden s gorgeous landscape described so poetically by Lagerlof and just think of reading the way it would have been before smartphones and the Internet bombarded us with shortened attention spans I was about 10ears old and looking for something to read on a uiet Sunday afternoon in summer when I ran across a battered and faded copy of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Originally published in Sweden in 1906 7 it tells the story of a naughty farmer s lad who has what we would today call attitude toward his parents toward farming and toward the animals on the farm He s a terror in short and his parents despair of him An elf turns him into a tiny version A big book but full of nice stories of the wonderful adventures of Nils a boy who was turned tiny and went on a trip on his goose or was it a duck I can t remember But what I do remember is that the book had some magical stories to tell Especially loved the one with the magical city and the one "with the deer This book will give ou so much How is it that Swedish writers always find "the deer This book will give ou so much How is it that Swedish writers always find right words for expressing children s thoughts and feelings Lagerl f does a great job not only in describing the Swedish landscape but also in describing and telling Nils story It is a wonderful piece of literature and should be read to every child You can learn a lot from Nils Holgersson It deals with topics different to speak about like death sickness or growing up And while writing about it in such a uniue manner she manages to teach children values like friendship and trust Absolutely adored it The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson is a Swedish children s classic Published in 1906 the book actually resulted from a commission from the National Teachers Association to write a geography reader Author Selma Lagerlof apparently spent three ears studying Nature and also investigating folklore and legends from around the country before writing this bookThe story itself involves a fourteen ear old boy called Nils who is a bit lazy and naughty Amongst the mischief he gets up to is the rather unpleasant way he likes to hurt animals on his family farm One day he is left home to memorise Bible chapters and then falls asleep Waking he sees a gnome which he traps Eventually he is also turned into a gnome and able to talk to. BONUS Ten new pages about Selma Lagerlof and Sweden added Three landscape photos included Selma Lagerlof is best known in America and worldwide for her masterpiece children's' stories NILS The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and The Further Adventures of Nils Holgersson Originally commissioned by the Swedish National Teachers' Society to teach introductory geography to oung Swedish schoolchildren these adventures first published in 1906 1907 take flight when Nils a Swedish imp is magically reduced to elfin size gets astride a gander who joins a flock of wild geese that fly a route covering the significant geographical and historical sites of all of Sweden Along the way they encounter the conseuential elements of survival both socially and environmentally predator and victim friend and foe the land and its users Told in a series of narratives ,
Animals With wild geese flying over the farm a "FARM GOOSE ATTEMPTS TO FLY OFF WITH THEM AND "goose attempts to fly off with them and Nils grabs hold the two of them end up on an adventureThis book involves a lot of the history and natural world of Sweden which is a beautiful country At just over 270 pages and with an illustration at the beginning of each chapter this is certainly a book for the fluent child reader although it is also delightful to read aloud It has a lovely hardback cover with pictures of flying geese and is an unusual story It reminded me a little of BB and his The Little Grey Men go Down the Bright Stream if not in the actual storyline but in the way the countryside and natural beauty was so integral to the book A lovely novel for adults and children There are three very good reasons to read this book the author is first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize it appears on Le Monde list of best books of 20th century And the fact that the protagonist s picture appears on 20 Swedish krona banknotes The talking animal surpass those of Kipling s Jungle Book in detail and characterization and they are also talking about such subjects like deforestation and industrialisation And there is additional flavour of histories local folktales and legends This children s classic published in 1906 by future Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerl f is so famous in Scandinavia that everyone knows the plot but until now I d never read it Nils Holgersson a good for nothing kid in late nineteenth century Sk ne angers the local tomte a kind of Swedish leprechaun who magically transforms him into another tomte Nils who s now the size of a thumb is fortunately adopted by a flock of geese who take him to their summer nesting grounds in Lapland and back again EN ROUTE THEY CONVENIENTLY TRAVERSE ALL route they conveniently traverse all Sweden giving the author ample opportunity for an extended series of geography lessons It sounded dull but I was pleased to discover that in fact it s nothing of the kind The geography is always firmly in the service of the narrative the lead characters are well drawn and the style is moving and poetic But what surprised me most was that I d never heard how it came to be writtenAccording to the introduction the author s original inspiration was a terrible story she had heard from her grandmother about an incident that had occurred when the grandmother was herself a little girl There was a white goose on the farm and one spring day he took it into his head to fly off with a flock of wild geese who were passing by The family was of course sure they would never see him again But many months later Selma s grandmother was astonished to see that the goose had returned And he was not alone during the summer he had found a mate a beautiful grey goose and they were accompanied by half a dozen little goslings Delighted Selma "S GRANDMOTHER LED THE GOOSE FAMILY TO THE BARN "grandmother led the goose family to the barn they could eat from the trough with the other fowl She closed the door so that they wouldn t fly off again and ran to tell her stepmother The stepmother said nothing She just took out the little knife she used for slaughtering geese and an hour later there was not one goose left alive in the barn For me this resonated with what many other people also find the most memorable episode in the book One night Nils is woken by a stork who says that if he follows him he will show him something important They fly to the seashore where there is a strange city uite unlike anything one would expect to find on the Swedish coast Nils goes in through the huge gate and discovers people dressed in rich clothes from a bygone age No one seems to notice him at first He finds his way to the merchants uarter People are selling all Hese adventures demonstrate this Nobel prize winning author's skill at defining the sublime in simple everyday existence Much of Selma Lagerlof's work is rooted in her childhood experiences at the ancestral home Marbacka In her Memories of Marbacka she recounts the flight of one of Marbacka's ganders who joins a flock of wild geese and returns during the next seasonal migration proudly bringing new family and friends to share the domestic trough only to come to a horrific end at the hands of the wicked housekeeper The emergence of these childhood impressions coupled with adult wisdom suggests the appeal of the adventures of Nils to both children and adults Family and household staff were a source of entertainment and amusement; the imaginative enchantment of storytelling was a main diversion Of the many concerns in these adventures still app. .
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Inds of precious goods embroidered silks and satins gold ornaments glittering jewels And now he realizes that the merchants can see him They are holding out their wares to him offering all these treasures Nils tries to make them understand that he could never afford any of it he is a poor boy But they persist and *using gestures tell him that he can have anything he wants if he can just give them one small *gestures tell him that he can have anything he wants if he can just give them one small coin He searches his pockets over and over again but finds they are empty In the end he leaves the city and when he turns round again it has disappeared It is the lost city of the sea traders explains the stork They were drowned beneath the waves long ago but once every hundred ears they come back for a single night The legend is that if they can sell a single thing to a mortal they will be allowed to return to the world but they never do Nils feels his heart is going to break He could so easily have saved all these good people and their city but he has failed themIt seemed to me that both stories expressed the same feeling with uite unusual clarity If only Cross curricular teaching and entertainment in one Nobel volumeThese days interdisciplinary projects and cross curricular interlinking of learning are all the fashion and stressed teachers sigh in frustration over the tour de force of teaching not only their own subject but of successfully implementing relevant connections to other areas as well in order to make learning meaningful to an increasingly lazy naughty and careless student body Some might think this is a recent issue both the emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and the hopeless attitude of our Trainspotting youth Think again or read Selma Lagerl f andou will be pleased to discover that a Unknown Book your interdisciplinary project combining a learning unit in geography biology history literature ethics Nordic mythology and life skills is offered toou on a Nobel silver plateb students have been lazy naughty and prone to falling asleep over their chores or homework at least since 1906 when this novel was written to be used in the Swedish school systemFollowing oung Nils Holgersson on his magical journey through the various landscapes of Sweden is a special experience as it combines features of a fairy tale adventure with genuine geography and biology knowledge Nils is cursed by a Swedish house spirit atomte for his cruel and treacherous behaviour and is turned into a a tiny tomte himself Deprived of his physical superiority he faces the animals on his parents farm whom he has treated in a particularly nasty way He discovers that he has received the ability to understand their communication as a compensation for his lost power and he has to hear some unpleasant opinions about himself as well as protect himself against the mistreated animals righteous anger Fleeing the farm on the back of a goose he travels through all of Sweden The journey widens his perspective and broadens his mind and the hardship he faces makes him grow as a human being despite or because of his tiny size He learns to respect nature and living creatures by slowly gaining deeper understanding of the diversity of lifeforms in Sweden He returns home caring and knowledgeable and vows to be a better leader of the environment for which he is responsible The curse is gone and he resumes his human shapeApart from the purely subject related content offering a panorama of Swedish Flora And Fauna It Is A Universal Story Of Power and fauna it is a universal story of power responsibility and of the importance of knowledge to develop empathy To respect others ou need to know about their situation and about their needs and feelings and customsRecommended to teachers students and learners for life. Ropriate today is that of the environment expressed by the wild goose If The Queen Of Zamba you have learned anything at all from us Thumbietotou no longer think that the humans should have the whole earth to themselves Remember ou have a large "country and ou can easily afford to leave a few bare rocks "and ou can easily afford to leave a few bare rocks few shallow lakes and swamps a few desolate cliffs and remote forests to us poor dumb creatures where we can be allowed to live in peace This combined edition from 1917 translations of the two adventures is sixth in a series of reprints from Penfield Books of the works of Selma Lagerlof Others include Invisible Links Girl from the Marsh Croft Memories of Marbacka Scandinavian Kings and ueens revised version soon to be released and Gosta Berling's Saga Forthcoming is Words of Love and Wisdom by Selma Lagerlof a book of selected excerpts from her major works. ,