This is one of the nicest books the d'Aulaires have done, for it's a lovely looking book, as always, and a good lesson in basic Americanism. Nils is of Norwegian extraction, but determines to be an American and a cowboy. All goes well, until he wears to school a pair of long knitted stockings, brilliantly patterned, such as Norwegian boys wear at home. His schoolmates turned him into the butt of their jokes- the tragedy of being ""different"" was almost too much for him. But he learned- as did his schoolmates- that after all America is made up of what people of all backgrounds contribute. Gorgeous lithographs in full color reproduction for a charming book.