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The Wind in the Willows (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The Wind in the Willows - a classic fantasy

It¿s the start of spring, and the Mole wakes up to a new life. Mole meets the Water Rat and together, they have all sorts of adventures! They meet the Badger and they meet Toad, but the story turns on characters¿ points of view. It changes to Toad¿s view. He has to ...
It¿s the start of spring, and the Mole wakes up to a new life. Mole meets the Water Rat and together, they have all sorts of adventures! They meet the Badger and they meet Toad, but the story turns on characters¿ points of view. It changes to Toad¿s view. He has to have all the new things, first it was a rowboat, then it was a carriage, well of course he can do it because he¿s rich! He lives in enormous Toad Hall, where he is the nicest person, but things change once Toad sets his eyes upon the motorcar. The Wind in the Willows is a great book that everyone would love to read. This book is filled with details. When Mole wakes up from hibernation in the beginning of the story, you can see what his little cottage looks like. When the Water Rat was having the picnic on the riverbank with the Mole, you could see every tree, how the water was moving, even the delicious feast set before them. When Toad was in prison, you could see his tiny bed, the girl that came to visit him, and the washerwoman clothes. The Wind in the Willows is filled with many interesting characters. There¿s the Mole, the Water Rat, Toad, the Badger, the Otter, and many more. The Mole is someone who wakes up from hibernation and almost starts a new life, by meeting all of these new people. The Water Rat is adventurous and sometimes a bit dumb, but he¿s an all around nice rat. The Badger is very warm and inviting too, but he usually doesn¿t like Society, he stays to himself. The book has a great moral. `You can¿t always get what you want¿. It¿s true, Toad wanted and motorcar so much, he stole one! He ended up going to jail for it and he had to figure out a way to escape. The Water Rat, the Mole, and the Badger wanted Toad to snap out of wanting a motorcar so badly. He fooled Rat and escaped out of the window and ran away. He didn¿t exactly change but he learned something. The Mole and the Water Rat go on so many adventures in this book, and you will too because The Wind in the Willows is so full of characters that invite you in or tell you to go away. The Wind in the Willows is the perfect book that everyone would enjoy! E. Gray

posted by Anonymous on November 25, 2007

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Rewarding in spite of its focus

Although Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows as a children's story, the book has something to offer adult readers as well. I personally enjoyed the excellent portrayal of such familiar characters as the mole, the badger, and Mr. Toad, as well as Grahame's char...
Although Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows as a children's story, the book has something to offer adult readers as well. I personally enjoyed the excellent portrayal of such familiar characters as the mole, the badger, and Mr. Toad, as well as Grahame's charming plot and pervasive humor. Additionally, in spite of its deceptive simplicity, the book actually takes an effective look at different aspects of human nature as embodied in the different characters. As far as fantasy is concerned, this book certainly stands out. Though not quite as masterful as A.A. Milne's classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories, The Wind in the Willows is a delightful book that will keep you, as well as your children, thoroughly entertained.

posted by TheQuillPen on April 1, 2009

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    Posted December 13, 2013

    STUPID

    Stupid BORING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Sabrina

    She looks at him wanting to kiss him but drops his wrist and walks away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Wind in the willows

    Had to read this for school and disliked it. It was a quick read though and i recomed it to 3rd graders.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    I love all genres of books and I have a soft spot for kid books. I was really looking forward to reading this because it is a classic that everyone seems to love. I was not familiar with the Mr. Toad stories so many people know about, so I was excited to read them. After about 50 pages however, I gave up. I could not get into this short novel for anything. It is a really rare thing for me to stop reading a book, but man... I was just bored out of my mind. I'm not even sure why I couldn't get into it. The writing was fine and usually I enjoy stories about animals. It felt like a very pointless story. I did not learn any lessons about friendship and kindness like people say it is about :) I can't imagine kids now a days enjoying this book. They probably wouldn't even know half the words. I am so disappointed I didn't enjoy this enough to at least read the whole thing.

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