I'd actually give this one 4.5 stars.I found this while I was doing some cleaning, so of course I had to stop for a reread. It's an old childhood book from my grandma's house that I loved when I was in elementary school, and it's still a charming read. It's about a girl staying with Swedish relatives while her mother is ill. The name-day of the title refers to the almanac of saints' name days, and the custom of celebrating the one for which you are named. Nancy is a more modern name and doesn't have an entry in the Swedish almanac, and the story focuses on how Nancy manages to have a name day after all. I enjoyed reading about the time she spent learning about her heritage, and it ended up being a simple, sweet story. I love the illustrations in this one, too. The book is illustrated by Garth Williams, illustrator of the Little House on the Prairie books. This book is out of print, and it's one of many books that really should be reprinted!