The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

by Ladybird

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780721407579
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 01/06/1981
Series: Children's Classics Series
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 4.66(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Scottish author Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) was a banker by day and a doting father by night. In 1908 he published The Wind in the Willows, a collection of the bedtime stories he concocted for his son, Alastair, whose wayward nature inspired the character of Toad. Grahame is also the author of The Reluctant Dragon.
English artist Justin Todd studied at the Royal College of Art and in 1978 published a selection of his pictures, The Magical Paintings of Justin Todd.

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Playing Pilgrims

"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,"grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

"It's so dreadful to be poor!"sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have lots of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

"We've got father and mother, and each other, anyhow,"said Beth, contentedly, from her corner.

The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly?

"We haven't got father, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhaps never,"but each silently added it, thinking of father far away, where the fighting was.

Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas, was because it's going to be a hard winter for every one; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army. We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don't;"and Megshook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.

"But I don't think the little we should spend would do any good. We've each got a dollar, and the army wouldn't be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect anything from mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintram for myself; I've wanted it so long,'said Jo, who was a bookworm.

"I planned to spend mine in new music,"said Beth, with a little sigh, which no one heard but the hearth-brush andkettle-holder.

"I shall get a nice box of Faber's drawing pencils; I really need them," said Amy, decidedly.

"Mother didn't say anything about our money, and she won't wish us to give up everything. Let's each buy what we want, and have a little fun; I'm sure we grub hard enough to earn it,"cried Jo, examining the heels of her
boots in a gentlemanly manner.

"I know I do, teaching those dreadful children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again.

"You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo. "How would you like to be shut up for hours with a nervous, fussy old lady, who keeps you trotting, is never satisfied, and worries you till you''e ready to fly out of the window or box her ears?"

"It's naughty to fret, but I do think washing dishes and keeping things tidy is the worst work in the world. It makes me cross; and my hands get so stiff, I can't practise good a bit." And Beth looked at her rough hands with a sigh that any one could hear that time.

"I don't believe any of you suffer as I do," cried Amy; "for you don't have to go to school with impertinent girls, who plague you if you don't know your lessons, and laugh at your dresses, and label your father if he isn't rich, and insult you when your nose isn't nice."

"If you mean libel I'd say so, and not talk about labels, as if pa was a pickle-bottle," advised Jo, laughing.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1The River Bank1
Chapter 2The Open Road25
Chapter 3The Wild Wood48
Chapter 4Mr. Badger70
Chapter 5Dulce Domum94
Chapter 6Mr. Toad121
Chapter 7The Piper at the Gates of Dawn146
Chapter 8Toad's Adventures165
Chapter 9Wayfarers All191
Chapter 10The Further Adventures of Toad221
Chapter 11'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'250
Chapter 12The Return of Ulysses281

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