By Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
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 land- scapes near their New England home that inspired the authors and gently encourages first- generation immigrants to celebrate their family heritage and unique traditions.