The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition / Edition 1

The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition / Edition 1

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by Kenneth Grahame

ISBN-10: 0674034473

ISBN-13: 9780674034471

Pub. Date: 05/01/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Begun as a series of stories told by Kenneth Grahame to his six-year-old son, The Wind in the Willows has become one of the most beloved works of children’s literature ever written. It has been illustrated, famously, by E.H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, and parts of it were dramatized by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall. A century after its

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Begun as a series of stories told by Kenneth Grahame to his six-year-old son, The Wind in the Willows has become one of the most beloved works of children’s literature ever written. It has been illustrated, famously, by E.H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, and parts of it were dramatized by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall. A century after its initial publication it still enchants. Much in Grahame’s novel—the sensitivity of Mole, the mania of Toad, the domesticity of Rat—permeates our imaginative lives (as children and adults). And Grahame’s burnished prose still dazzles. Now comes an annotated edition of The Wind in the Willows by a leading literary scholar that instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of the novel’s charms and serene narrative magic.

In an introduction aimed at a general audience, Seth Lerer tells us everything that we, as adults, need to know about the author and his work. He vividly captures Grahame’s world and the circumstances under which The Wind in the Willows came into being. In his running commentary on the novel, Lerer offers complete annotations to the language, contexts, allusions, and larger texture of Grahame’s prose. Anyone who has read and loved The Wind in the Willows will want to own and cherish this beautiful gift edition. Those coming to the novel for the first time, or returning to it with their own children, will not find a better, more sensitive guide than Seth Lerer.

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9.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

  • Texts and Editions
  • Introduction
  • The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition
  • Afterword: Illustration and Illusion
  • Bibliography

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XXWind in the Willows (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed when I got it home to find it had been abridged- the language simplified. I kept it for the illustrations but was very disappointed in the simplified style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have come to this book for the first time very late. I was swept away by it. This is a children's book only in that it is meant to be read *to* children, not read by them. The vocabulary and sentence structure is out of reach for most young readers, but the rhythmic flow and loveliness of the prose cries to be read aloud. Find a child, cuddle up on the nearest sofa, and read. The story and characters are enough to entrance a child. The prose will entrance the adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book on my nook.Its alot better then the hard cover or paper back.You can find the meaning of a word so much faster.Being only 12 this was a great help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book called The Wind in the Willows is about animals named: Water Rat, Mole, Badger, and Mr. Toad. In this book, Mr. Toad gets hooked on driving motor cars. He crashes them each time and gets hurt, but he still buys more and more. Water Rat, Mole, and Badger all try to stop him from this craze that Mr. Toad had brought on himself. They were finally able to stop him and set him straight by keeping him in Toad Hall and watching over him so he could get out and buy more motor cars. Right after they did that, the bad, mean weasels that came from the Wild Wood invaded Toad Hall. The animals all set up a plan to attack them in order to get Toad Hall back¿Will they get Toad Hall back or not? Read the book called The Wind in the Willows written by Kenneth Grahame to find out. I liked this book because it had some adventure tied into it. it also had good friendships between the animals in it. It showed how friends should act towards each other. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes to read a good story with happiness and friendships.
cinammonbunny More than 1 year ago
the wind in the willows was great!! i love animal stories so i liked this book a lot. also the characters had a lot of personality and i liked reading about Toad and Mole and Ratty and their adventures! except there were still some hard words that i couldn't figure out like sixpence and tranquility. also sometimes i was completely LOST because kenneth grahame used a looooottt of description!
FrancieM More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books when I was a child. My children also loved it. Now I'm reading it to my young grandchildren and they are loving it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic storyline- has some curse words in it, not highly recomended for small children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good! I usually don't like these types of book, but I really enjoyed it. I think the author, Kenneth Grahame wrote this book well. I also think that you would have to have a big imagination to write something like this, and he had one. Overall it surprised me how much I like this book. i would definitely read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is off the hook.This on my wishlest.LOVE.IT.
Brasseur More than 1 year ago
This edition of the classic is full of black and white illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard which are spaced at good intervals to keep kids interested as you read. I am quite pleased with it. As to the tale, well, it remains my one of my children's (ages 37 & 34) favorites and we are now introducing it to our twin grandsons (age 6) whose response has been very warm and favorable. We live on west coast and they on east coast and this is a book we've chosen to use for Skype video chats. We read a paragraph, then one of them of their father reads the next. We bought the beautiful annotated version of The Wind in the Willows for them. It, however, has most of its pictures in a center section. That section has illustrations from many, many editions, but these are not spaced throughout the story. By the way, we've used this tandem reading via video chat with other books, including O'Sullivan Stew and Shrek. We've ALL enjoyed it and it, of course, keeps us in the loop a bit better despite the distance between us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. It is so good i totally recommened it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite all time "children's" book... the language and wording is definitely a bit beyond the vocabulary and understanding of modern children, but a great one to read aloud. Some of my favorite memories of childhood involve sitting on my mother's lap when she read this book. It is full of dreaminess and imagination - definitely go with an illustrated copy. The picture just make it that much better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet, touching classic full of simplicity and innocence and the true value of friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an ok read not one of the bests but it was kind of good
Kbmartie More than 1 year ago
I don't think this book is solely a children's book. Every Spring and Summer I find myself pulling this old book out, jumping in the hammock and laying there all day. It is a perfect book for reading outdoors, and if you love animals this is a book for you. I recommend this book to everyone I meet. And I will read it to my children one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows once again the timelessness of the story. the illustrations are beautiful and the story engages even the smallest of children. lessons to be learned from the adventures. a real find for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow. this book is a great book to read to children.i like reading more mature books. but i liked this one . i did not think i would. but you know what they say never judge a book by its cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame - overall, this book was okay. It was a little bit boring to me, and the great amount of details sometimes made situations too busy or a little confusing. The characters attitudes and personalities are believeable, but not the characters themselves because they are animals. However, they are well-developed and go with the plot well. The author's tone or style in this book is mainly more serious throughout the story. I would not reccommend this book to everyone, but there are a few types of readers who might enjoy it. I think that readers of any age would like this book, as long as they like fiction, or stories about creatures/animals representing the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second time I read this book and just as exciting. There were parts of it that helped me remember the seven virtues of life. It had a cute aspect to it because all of the main charactersare animals. They go through the same proble,s, that human children struggle with but this shows how the outcome might be if they don't get under control I think that Kenneth Grahame was able to hold my attention throughout the entire novel. Something exciting was always happening. There were twists and turnsaround every corner. The fact that the animals are having these fictional adventures based on reality maked it believable. If I had to change one thingabout this novel, I would use a simpler vocabulary. They did define some of the more difficult words but some people might have a hard time comprehending the story or even become frustrated and just give up. If you had to you could look up any hard words, but a synonymwould create the same effect. I learned how some people don't consider the consequences of their actions and how this can affect the people around them. Toad's recklessness towards life hurt his close friends, and it takes a severe punishment to knock some sense into him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book.This book was a positive experince for me because it taut me a lot about friendship and how to be a better friend.One of my favorite scene in this novel was when Toad triked Rat into beleving that he was sick.This is one of my favorites because it shows how clever people can be.My other favorite scene was when Toad drove a car into a poned that was funny.If i were the auther of this book i would change the characters to humans insted of animals.I learned from this book how to be a better friend.I did not gain anything from reading this book.This is a book that i would recommend this to a friend because this is a book that is engaging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have many fond memories of this book, it was actually the first chapter book I ever read, and I enjoyed it so much, I read it over and over. Because of this, my parents got me a nice hardcover of this classic that I still have to this day. As I grow older, though I have not the time to read it as often as I did, I find that it only improved with age. The language in which the story is written is very poetic and seems to invoke a sense of nostalgia. I simply love this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. I loved each character and each conflict. Although this version of the book was very good, other verions and copies are just as good. I will cherish this book for a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A group of friends, in Kenneth Grahame¿s Wind in the Willows, go through life¿s adventures and learn lessons about responsibility and companionship. Two of the main characters, Mole and Rat, first meet up with their friend, Badger, when Mole decides to go for a walk and ventures away into the mysterious Wild Woods, where he must be rescued by Rat. As they try to find their way back out of the woods, they come across Badger¿s home, where he joins them for the rest of their voyage. They later on meet up with Toad, another one of the main characters and begin a fun and joyful journey upon his carriage. I found this book to drag on with the main plot never really visible. However, it was still a relaxing read and I would recommend it to those who prefer a subtle story that tells of daily life through the view of others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The instant classic is a book written for childrenb and even parents will enjoy this book.Kenneth Grahame tells a story of 4 friends and the life lessons they learned!!!