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The Wind in the Willows

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The River is a captivating place--it has fish, and boats, and trees along its banks. But something about this River sets it apart, and has made The Wind in the Willows a story to return to again and again.

In this young reader's edition of The Wind in the Willows, original illustrations capture the magic of the River and its memorable inhabitants.

The River is the home of four close friends, who may remind you of people you know. Join the ...

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Overview

The River is a captivating place--it has fish, and boats, and trees along its banks. But something about this River sets it apart, and has made The Wind in the Willows a story to return to again and again.

In this young reader's edition of The Wind in the Willows, original illustrations capture the magic of the River and its memorable inhabitants.

The River is the home of four close friends, who may remind you of people you know. Join the boastful but generous Toad in his reckless escapades, and explore new worlds with the curious Mole and the imaginative Water Rat, all the while under the watchful, wise eyes of the Badger. These four are very different from one another, but Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger are the best of friends, and will do anything to help each other.

Just as the River casts an enchanting spell, The Wind in the Willows beckons readers to return to its tales of mystery and friendship, to the excitement of exploration and the comforts of home.

One of the true classics of English literature, here are the adventures of Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad. Grahame's idyllic world is as fresh now as when they first discovered his enchanting tales--of Ratty sculling his boat on the River, Badger grumpily entertaining his friends in his comfortable underground home, and the exasperating Toad being driven into one tangle after another by his obsession with motor cars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721456089
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Classic Series
  • Pages: 52
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.05 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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"Glorious, stirring sight!" murmured Toad, never offering to move. "The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here to-day - in next week to-morrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped-always somebody else's horizon! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!" - from The Wind in the Willows
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The River Bank 1
Chapter 2 The Open Road 23
Chapter 3 The Wild Wood 43
Chapter 4 Mr. Badger 62
Chapter 5 Dulce Domum 82
Chapter 6 Mr. Toad 104
Chapter 7 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 126
Chapter 8 Toad's Adventures 142
Chapter 9 Wayfarers All 164
Chapter 10 The Further Adventures of Toad 189
Chapter 11 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears' 213
Chapter 12 The Return of Ulysses 239
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    wind in the willows

    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.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2011

    Read this book to a child!

    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.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Read it on my nook

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    A Great Book

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Soo good

    This is a must read. It is so good i totally recommened it

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    the wind in the willows.

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    A Classic for both Children and Adults

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Good edition for the money

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    A must have book

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Good

    Fantastic storyline- has some curse words in it, not highly recomended for small children.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    I thought this book was very good! I usually don't like these ty

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    This book is off the hook.This on my wishlest.LOVE.IT.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Anonymous on anonymous

    It was an ok read not one of the bests but it was kind of good

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    BOOK GETS 5 STARS

    THIS WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Definetly read it

    A sweet, touching classic full of simplicity and innocence and the true value of friendship.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Like

    This book is good....!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Slash

    She leaves heading home.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Shadow

    Watches slightly amuzed.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Loathe

    Growls and rips scales from her wings. I stabbed her in the foreleg and ripped up exposing bone and tissue. "Tell him.."

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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