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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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The Wind in the Willows (1908)

by Kenneth Grahame

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    The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (wisewoman)
    wisewoman: Both Narnia and Willows feature anthropomorphized animal heroes who nevertheless retain the quirks of their species. The narrative voice is humorous and quintessentially British. Both stories also include spiritual/religious undertones. Willows predates Narnia by over forty years and was a big influence on Lewis (he even wrote a poem with some of Grahame's characters in it).… (more)
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    Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (rakerman)
    rakerman: Both Swallows and Amazons and The Wind in the Willows are classic stories for children that involve boating and adventures.
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    Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome (rakerman)
    rakerman: Although for an older audience than Wind in the Willows, Three Men in a Boat is a classic humourous story of misadventures with boats.
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    Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152 by David Petersen (kristenn)
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    The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban (kristenn)
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    The Willows at Christmas by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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    Curious Lives: Adventures from "The Ferret Chronicles" by Richard Bach (infiniteletters)
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    Toad Triumphant by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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    The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem (PitcherBooks)
    PitcherBooks: Both are amusing, well-told and well-illustrated animal stories.
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    A Fresh Wind in the Willows by Dixon Scott (bookel)
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    Nannycatch Chronicles by James Heneghan (Bitter_Grace)
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    Deep Wood by Elleston Trevor (bookel)
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    Into the Happy Glade by Trevor Dudley-Smith (bookel)
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    The Willows in Winter by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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    The Willows and Beyond by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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Adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad & Badger
  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
“The Wind in the Willows” is a children novel based on letters written by Kenneth Graham to his young son. The novels follows the adventures of the anthropomorphic animals Mole, Rat, Badger, Toad, and their friends. When the novel begins, Mole is at home doing spring cleaning, and he is quite bored with it. He leaves his cleaning, goes to the surface, plows through rabbits along the roads and grasses and finally to the river. It is at the river that Mole meets Rat, and the two form an immediate friendship. This friendship brings Rat’s friends Badger and Toad into the story. Each chapter then tells the tales of these 4 friends (together and separately). The reader is able to share in their adventures and misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen motor cars, the Wild Wood and “violent” ferrets. I read a review that described this book as cozy—and that is the way that I would describe it—cozy and warm—the type of book you really do want to curl up with and read on a cold day. The friendship between these four friends was charming—they try to support each other even when there are issues among them without judgement (particularly with the impulsive Toad). A great novel for the whole family. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Jun 30, 2015 |
I've known the story of The Wind In The Willows forever, one of those things that seeps in in the time before memory begins, but on the other hand I have no memory of ever having read the book.

And it is wonderful.

Warm and clever and lovely, and touched by some sort of magic.

It's all the little things like Mole feeling so much more at home in Badger's sett, because he's an underground animal at heart, but loving the river enough to forego that. And Ratty being lovely, and kind and ... Ratty is my favourite. And, it must be said, has been since I was wee.

Completely and utterly worth reading, no matter how old you are. ( )
1 vote redfiona | Apr 24, 2015 |
Wow, I never read this as a child, my only exposure was from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland. What an amazing book. Just finished reading this book to my five-year-old son. We both loved it. A wonderful story, such expressive writing. Great characters. I'll be reading this again. ( )
  kingmob2 | Apr 8, 2015 |
A fun book, but I have not read it in years. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 17, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grahame, Kennethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnhart, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Begin, Mary JaneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, AlanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bottema, TjeerdIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bransom, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briers, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burningham, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clark, Roberta CarterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, Ralph.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellman, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frasier, ShellyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hodges, Margaretsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hordern, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacques, BrianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kincaid, EricIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Robert J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lynch, JamesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Milne, A. A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Milne, A.A.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, LesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moss, JoanneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Patience, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rice, LuanneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robertson, W. GrahamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sale, RogerIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saxon, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shepard, Ernest H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, David K.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tsao, AlexIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tudor, TashaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Sandwyk, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, HelenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weiss, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woods, MaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yolen, JaneAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Wind in the Willows [adapted - Great Illustrated Classics] by Malvina G. Vogel

The Wind in the Willows [adapted - Great Illustrated Classics] by Malvina G. Vogel

Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne

The Wind in the Willows - adaptation by Kenneth Grahame

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This edition, with its illustrations, is dedicated to the illustrator's grandson.
For Nikhil.
The illustrator wishes to dedicate the artwork in this edition to his grandmother, Violet King.
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The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home.
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"Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
"After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working."
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Before combining, please ensure that you are NOT combining an abridgment, an adaptation, a junior edition or a selection from the story with the complete Wind in the Willows.

The first Dutch edition does not carry the title De wind in de wilgen, but is called De avonturen van Mr. Mol
ISBN 0590447742 is a Scholastics Apple Classics edition of The Wind in the Willows.
ISBN 0517223619 is a Gramercy Books edition of The Wind in the Willows.
ISBN 1568651155 is an International Collectors Library edition of The Wind in the Willows.
ISBN 1435139712 is a Barnes & Noble edition of The Wind in the Willows.
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Book description
Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and the mischievous Toad live a quiet life on banks of the River Thames with the rest of their animal friends. But Toad tends to get into trouble, and his passion for cars eventually results in his being caught and kept a helpless prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded castle in all the land. Dressed as a washerwoman—and with some help from his friends—Toad manages to escape the castle and begins his journey home to Toad Hall. Originally published in 1908, this magnificent new edition of Kenneth Grahame’s charming tale brings the animals' adventures to life and is accompanied by more than 70 new illustrations from award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. Fans of all ages will enjoy reliving—or reading for the first time—this heartwarming story of friendship.
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Mole and Rat are chums,
Badger is a reclusive,
Toad causes trouble.
(Grimauds)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451530144, Mass Market Paperback)

Inspired by correspondence from Wind in the Willow's author Kenneth Grahame to his young son, award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman took up paint and brush to follow Mole, Ratty, Mr. Badger, and Toad through another edition of this well-loved kids classic.

Grahame's time-honored story, an adventure-filled idyll that meanders across a lovingly described English countryside, cemented its status as a masterpiece generations ago. But this newest edition adds some noteworthy extras: the unabridged text includes two chapters that don't appear in some modern versions ("The Pipers at the Gates of Dawn" and "Wayfarers All"), and the book closes with reproductions of two of Grahame's actual letters to his son Alistair ("My darling Mouse") in 1907, written on ornate, old-timey stationery from two Cornwall hotels and recounting one of Toad's first adventures (which Toad fans will recognize as the train-assisted escape of a certain "washerwoman").

These inclusions alone might merit a new edition, but Foreman's illustrations stand shoulder to shoulder with those of previous Winds artists (among them Ernest Shepard, the original illustrator, and Arthur Rackham, both of whom Foreman modestly stands "in awe" of). The lively, full-color illustrations appear generously throughout the book, as they convincingly capture both the story's small moments (like the washerwoman's weeping, for one) and more explosive events (like the storming of Toad Hall). (All ages) --Paul Hughes

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The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

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