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The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated)

The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated)

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by Kenneth Grahame

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This version of Wind in the Willows is an historic 1913 edition with illustrations.

The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of


This version of Wind in the Willows is an historic 1913 edition with illustrations.

The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames valley.

At the start of the book, it is spring time: the weather is fine, and good-natured Mole loses patience with spring cleaning. He flees his underground home, heading up to take in the air. He ends up at the river, which he has never seen before. Here he meets Ratty (a water rat), who at this time of year spends all his days in, on and close by the river. Rat takes Mole for a ride in his rowing boat. They get along well and spend many more days boating, with Rat teaching Mole the ways of the river.

One summer day shortly thereafter, Rat and Mole find themselves near the grand Toad Hall and pay a visit to Toad. Toad is rich (having inherited wealth from his father): jovial, friendly and kind-hearted but aimless and conceited, he regularly becomes obsessed with current fads, only to abandon them as quickly as he took them up. The three share and adventure and once Toad Hall is taken from Toad they fight to get it back.

In 1908 Grahame retired from his position as secretary of the Bank of England. He moved back to Cookham, Berkshire, where he had been brought up and spent his time by the River Thames doing much as the animal characters in his book do—namely, as one of the most famous phrases from the book says, "simply messing about in boats"—and wrote down the bed-time stories he had been telling his son Alistair.

The Wind in the Willows was in its thirty-first printing when playwright A. A. Milne adapted a part of it for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall in 1929.

In The Enchanted Places, Milne's son Christopher (Christopher Robin Milne of Winnie-the-Pooh fame) says of The Wind in the Willows: "A book that we all greatly loved and admired and read aloud or alone, over and over and over: The Wind in the Willows. This book is, in a way, two separate books put into one. There are, on the one hand, those chapters concerned with the adventures of Toad; and on the other hand there are those chapters that explore human emotions – the emotions of fear, nostalgia, awe, wanderlust."

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Kenneth Grahame (8 March 1859 – 6 July 1932) was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon; both books were later adapted into Disney films.

While still a young man in his 20s, Grahame began to publish light stories in London periodicals such as the St. James Gazette. Some of these stories were collected and published as Pagan Papers in 1893, and, two years later, The Golden Age. These were followed by Dream Days in 1898, which contains The Reluctant Dragon.

There is a ten-year gap between Grahame's penultimate book and the publication of his triumph, The Wind in the Willows. During this decade Grahame became a father. The wayward headstrong nature he saw in his little son Alastair (also known as "Mouse") he transformed into the swaggering Mr. Toad, one of its four principal characters. Despite its success, he never attempted a sequel. The book was a hit and is still enjoyed by adults and children today, whether in book form or in the films, while Toad remains one of the most celebrated and beloved characters of the book. Wind in the Willows won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. In the 1990s William Horwood came up with a series of sequels.

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Wind in the Willows (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 300 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
TheQuillPen More than 1 year ago
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.
Ludwig1770 More than 1 year ago
This was a great little book/story.. Characters were well developed and their adventures were entertaining. Toad gets into so much trouble, but i liked the fact that it teaches us always to be there for friends and not give up on them ! Recommend this book for all wishing to read a cute 'friendship' book !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever I read this book to our son, I think of his mother and I as the mole. All work and no play. To read this book to a child is good all around because it's great entertainment for the child and it gives the reading adult an imaginary escape from the normal 'grind' of an average work-day. On top of that, it's a wonderful adventure that gets a child's mind, and adult's, working in a positive way by telling them to 'take it easy,' take a vacation' and 'don't sweat the small stuff.' Reading this book is very relaxing and all should read it.
GConradDietz More than 1 year ago
Kenneth Grahame has captured our finer human qualities and less desired frailties in the interaction of an unforgettable collection of cute animals. Great read for younger and older readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a tale of four animals, Badger, Mole, Rat and Mr. Toad, that love to go through towns and fields of England. When Mr. Toad starts wrecklessly driving cars, his friends, Badger, Mole, and Rat, try to help Mr. Toad before he gets into trouble. Mr. Toad doesn¿t listen to his friends and gets thrown into jail. Some how one day he escapes. Mr. Toad gets back home to his house and sees it has been taken over by the Wild Wood Weasels and that he has to get it back. This is a funny and adventurous book for all ages. I liked this book because of how the animals are human like. In the story Mr. Toad is the same size as humans. When in jail, after stealing a car, Mr. Toad would talk to the guards daughter. The animals live underground and they all have a fireplace, a kitchen, and bedrooms in their homes. In the story Badger, Mole, Rat, and Mr. Toad fight some weasels with swords and pistols to win back Toad Hall. I liked this book because of how smart Mr. Toad was. When in jail Mr. Toad thought of a plan how to escape. He put on wash woman¿s clothes and walked right out of the jail. When dressed like a wash woman Mr. Toad got a ride almost all the way to his house and no one suspected him as a toad. Mr. Toad was smart in the end to realize that he was foolish to buy all those cars and then wreck them. I didn¿t like the book because it didn¿t tell you what happened too some of the people. What happened to the girl after the guards saw that Mr. Toad was gone? Also, did Mr.Toad ever become friends with the weasels? What happened in the end with Badger, Mole, Rat, and Mr. Toad? This is an exciting and adventurous classic book.
KLFreeman More than 1 year ago
Terrific story! I thought I had read this book as a child and some of the story did seem familiar to me. But, I may have just been remembering snippets of it from other sources. There was a lot more to the story than one first thinks. The 4 animals get along so well even though they are very different from each other. Reading this e-book version, though, does have its drawbacks. There are many footnotes and definitions, but they, of course are listed at the end of the book. And with e-books, it can be cumbersome to go back and forth. But, all the extra information is contained in this version, so overall, that is a plus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was a child I was not exposed to many children books. Therefore,as a black american adult, I enjoyed reading this book. It is a shame that technology has diversified our chidlrens interest to video games, vampires and zombie movies and xbox, before sitting down to read. This book provides morals,such as friendship bonding,responsibility and knowing the importance of staying on course, animal migration. As an educator, I would recommend this book to read during the summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To most of us humans, life is full of work and responsibility. Vacation comes once or twice a year, or sometimes not at all. Worry and burdens are a regular part of our day-to-day life. But to the animals of the Wild Wood and the River Bank, most every day is full of nothing but carefree happiness of the sort that comes only when you have absolutely nothing you need to do. It was on a day like this at the beginning of spring that Mole, having just finished his spring cleaning, came across the Water Rat's riverside home. After becoming friends over a plentiful picnic, Mole moved in with Ratty in his cozy hole by the river. And so their adventures began, scattered among perfect, worry-free days. As the summer arrived, Mole learned how to row a boat and how to swim. Mole's interest was soon caught by the troublesome Toad, who's passionate interests changed nearly once a month. Toad's current fad was riding in elegant, furnished carts, and a short while ago he spent every hour of his days boating. Although he got distracted rather easily, Toad was an extremely nice animal overall, and so when he asked his good friend Ratty and his new friend Mole to accompany him on a cart ride, they grudgingly obliged. They hadn't been on the gone for a week when a gleaming motor car had rushed down the road, knocking the beautifully painted canary yellow cart into a ditch. But Toad couldn't care less about that ordinary cart. All he wanted was to drive a motor car, zooming down the road, crushing all in his path. He would be king of the road, he would. He was the fabulous Toad, the ingenious Toad, the wealthy Toad, the handsome Toad¿¿he was the Toad, and he wanted a motor car. With Toad's new obsession came a new series of events, most of them involving motor car thieving and crashing. Before long, Toad had been in jail a number of times and was spending all his money on tickets and new motor cars. The situation started getting truly out of hand when Toad was sent to jail and untrustworthy animals of the Wild Wood took over his grand home, Toad Hall. Ratty and Mole had no choice but to seek the assistance of their honorable friend, Badger, to assist the attempts to reclaim Toad Hall. The Wind in the Willows is a story of friendship, and a story that I greatly recommend. There is no story without characters, and, as sure as Mole is sensible, the fact that the characters in this story are extremely similar to humans and very likable is one of the reasons that this book is so wonderful. Each character in the story has a separate personality. Toad is unbelievably irrepressible and convincing, escaping prison 'with help' countless times. He is also quite vain, though, and would spend hours talking about how spectacularly wonderful he is, if given the chance. Ratty is gentle, thoughtful, and kind, acting on the benefit and pleasure of others instead of himself. Water Rat is dreamy, as well, spending his lazy summer days on the riverbank thinking up countless poems. Mole is sensible and obedient, always behaving as his friends want him to and helping everyone out of tricky situations with his acting skills. Last, but definitely not least, is Badger, who lives deep in the Wild Wood and is respected by all the animals that come across him. Badger is wise and generous, coming up with a perfect plan to reclaim Toad Hall and save his friend Toad. The author of this book, Kenneth Grahame, has filled the chapters of the story with such description that the reader can practically see the story as one giant, moving picture. The reader can hear the wind whistling through the reeds and the river splash against rocks. Badger's house can easily be viewed simply by reading words, as can Mole and Ratty's picnic and Toad's motor car. With a touch of the reader's imagination, this story will be a real experience, the true life of four lucky animals: Mole, Ratty, Badger
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At any age!
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This book is a classic, and i think that everyone should read it at one time or another.
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Computer scanned not edited lots of garbled text.
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The book wind in the willlow is a good book because you can express yourself with it.
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