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The Wind in the Willows (1908)

by Kenneth Grahame

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Series: Wind in the Willows (1)

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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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    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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    Swallows and Amazons by אַרטהור רענסאָם (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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    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)
  8. 10
    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.
  10. 00
    A Fresh Wind in the Willows by Dixon Scott (bookel)
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    The 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)
  14. 11
    The Willows in Winter by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
  15. 01
    The Willows and Beyond by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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This was the "G" entry in my A-Z challenge based on the unread books I had at my house.

I had never read this book as a child - which is too bad because it has such a good message to young people about friends, adventure and going outside of your comfort zone. As an adult reading this book for the first time, it still resonated with me. I am very glad I read it and will probably read it again in another year or so as i would like to revisit Ratty, Badger and Toad.

I recommend this book to a reader of any age.
  mfbarry | Mar 18, 2017 |
The Wind in the Willows is an odd book in that it is meant for children yet has chapter titles such as "Dulce Domum", "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears", "The Return of Ulysses" and most famously "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn". Some of these chapters are stand alone with only a few threads of plot to interconnect them. In fact there is very little plot as the book is about friendship and maintaining the status quo. It's a very conservative book. I read it last forty years ago and can remember as a child being confused but somehow affected by The Piper at the Gates of Dawn chapter. Reading it as an adult, it is clearly the best part of the book. Still dislike Toad though. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
A pleasant enough children's book. For adults, maybe not the greatest - for example, I was bothered by the occasional animal that was not anthropomorphized. Also, I must admit that Frog got on my nerves - he never seemed to learn. And his final conversion left me unconvinced, because it was contrary to his track record.

I put this on my to-read list because someone mentioned a reading challenge that included "your mother's favorite book." I remembered that my mom often mentioned this book fondly. I have no idea why I never thought of reading it when I was young.

Checked out from the public library - and I probably won't ever look for it again. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
The Wind and the Willows is about Mr. Toad and his wild and whimsical adventures. He is a fun-loving toad who tends not to respect those around him. To make matters worse he is rich and eccentric which fuels his mishaps. The toad has discovered his love for driving, but his driving is terrible, so terrible that he continues to get in accidents. Plus, he steals other's’ cars. These actions have consequences--he is out in jail once and the other time the police are chasing after him. He is lucky to have such great friends because they save him from prison once more. Mr. Toad then realizes how lucky he is and that he should treat others much better than he does. This book is a lot of fun and has a great pro-social message, much like Aesop’s Fables. The moral of this book is to respect others and control your desires. These lessons are beneficial in and out of the classroom. I think you could easily have the students discuss and write about what it means to be a good friend in light of Mr. Toad, and you could work on asking the students about why the author switches to different narratives. ( )
  MissCogswell | Dec 7, 2016 |
UPDATE: Finished this book- twas well worth re-reading. I loved this edition, the illustrations were especially beautiful!






I am reading this book once again. A different edition this time, this one illustrated by Inga Moore. The story, pictures and layout are relaxing and engaging, especially at this time in my life. Looking at meadows and streams and reading about carefree days is just what I need right now. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
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The Wind in the Willows is an odd book in that it is meant for children yet has chapter titles such as "Dulce Domum", "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears", "The Return of Ulysses" and most famously "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn". Some of these chapters are stand alone with only a few threads of plot to interconnect them. In fact there is very little plot as the book is about friendship and maintaining the status quo. It's a very conservative book. I read it last forty years ago and can remember as a child being confused but somehow affected by The Piper at the Gates of Dawn chapter. Reading it as an adult, it is clearly the best part of the book. Still dislike Toad though.
 

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Grahame, Kennethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnhart, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Begin, Mary JaneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, AlanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benson, PatrickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biro, ValIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bottema, TjeerdIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bransom, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briers, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Clark, Roberta CarterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cuffari, DickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daily, DonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellman, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ingpen, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kramer, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Robert J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lynch, JamesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Milne, A. A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, IngaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, LesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moss, JoanneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Harris, Pixiesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Patience, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Percy, GrahamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinto, RalphIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Price, NickIllustratorsecondary 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
Sumpter, RachellCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Todd, JustinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tsao, AlexIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tudor, TashaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Sandwyk, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, HelenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woods, MaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Worsley, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, CliffIllustratorsecondary 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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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.
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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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