The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
“The Wonderful Adventures of Nils”, written 1906 to 1907, came to be when Selma Lagerlöf was asked to write a book that could teach Swedish geography to school children. Lagerlöf chose to write about Nils, a boy who is magically diminished and gets so small that he can travel through Sweden on the back of a goose. “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils” is today one of Sweden’s most classical children’s books and it has thus played a part that widely transcends its first role as a school book.
Selma Lagerlöf was born in 1858 in the Swedish province of Värmland and is not only the first female laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature but also one of Sweden's most well known and loved writers. From her debut in 1891 on, Lagerlöf published a multitude of books, several of which have been translated into English.