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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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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    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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    Curious Lives: Adventures from "The Ferret Chronicles" by Richard Bach (infiniteletters)
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    The Willows at Christmas by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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    Thornton Burgess Animal Stories by Thornton Burgess (Muzzorola)
    Muzzorola: Haven't read the Burgess books ("Jimmy the Skunk," etc.) since a kid (now in my 50s), but outside of the more realistic type of children's books written from the animals' perspectives, these are the closest thing to Kenneth Grahame ... of what I've read.
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    Toad Triumphant by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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    Three Men in a Boat 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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    The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem (PitcherBooks)
    PitcherBooks: Both are amusing, well-told and well-illustrated animal stories.
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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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    Into the Happy Glade by Trevor Dudley-Smith (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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    A Fresh Wind in the Willows by Dixon Scott (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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“The Wind in the Willows” is a classic work of literature by Kenneth Grahame. There are many different messages that can be taken away from this chapter book, but I believe the most important message is the one taught through Mr. Toad. Mr. Toad comes from a very wealthy family and his character is very greedy, immature and naïve. However, he is very lonely and does not connect with people very easily. The message that he sends the reader is that money cannot buy happiness. My feelings towards this book are a little bit torn. First, the writing was very unique and enjoyable. The author uses the most imagery I have ever read in a story, so the reader can paint the perfect picture of each event that occurs. For example, the river is one of the most important symbols in the book so the imagery goes on for quite a few pages. However, I am torn because I believe the book was slow. At many times the imagery is a little bit too much and I felt as if I just wanted to get on with the story. ( )
  kburdg1 | Apr 7, 2014 |
Originally posted at FanLit.

The Wind in the Willows is a set of anthropomorphic stories that English author Kenneth Grahame wrote for his young son and published in 1908. The story begins when Mole, who lives in a hole in the English countryside, decides one fine day to come out of his underground lair to see a bit of the world. He??s amazed by all that he sees and soon he encounters and befriends a water rat who invites him to a picnic, takes him for a ride on the river, and teaches him to row a boat. Mole spends time living with Ratty and exploring the river and the two become great friends. Ratty introduces Mole to some of his other animal friends including the amiable introverted Badger and the rich eccentric Mr. Toad. The animals have various little outings and adventures, many that are sweet, some that are amusing, and a few that are a little violent (though no more violent than the average childrenƒ??s fairytale).

The main plot of The Wind in the Willows involves Mr. Toadƒ??s bad behavior and his friendsƒ?? attempts to curb it. Toad, who inherited his mansion and money, is lazy, thoughtless, and arrogant. He does no work and is incompetent at performing simple household tasks. He spends his time impulsively pursuing and abandoning a series of expensive faddish hobbies and frequently getting into trouble because he lacks self-control. His latest passion is for motor cars. Rat, Mole, and Badger are concerned about Toadƒ??s obsession because he has crashed several cars, has injured himself, and has been charged some fines. But when they try to reason with him, he wonƒ??t listen. There are some bad consequences for Toad and, though he doesnƒ??t deserve it, his faithful friends band together and decide to help him get his life back in order.

The Wind in the Willows is a great read for both children and adults. On the surface, itƒ??s a series of heartwarming stories about four animal friends who enjoy picnics and boat rides on warm summer days. Older and more perceptive children may notice the themes of friendship and loyalty and may appreciate the subtle lessons in ethics and morality. Kenneth Grahame especially succeeds in evoking a sense of nostalgic affection for a small cozy home full of good food and drink, comfy chairs, poetry and literature, and beloved friends and family. Teens and adults will pick up on the underlying thread of social commentary which pokes fun at late 19th century English societal customs. Thereƒ??s something for everyone in The Wind in the Willows.

I listened to Tantor Audioƒ??s unabridged version of The Wind in the Willows with my 10-year-old daughter. Shelly Frasier gave an absolutely beautiful performance and I feel like the story was enhanced by her narration. My daughter enjoyed the story at the surface level ƒ?? she loves fantasies with animals. I loved the slightly stuffy English dialogue, the occasional little jabs at genteel society, and the beauty of the English countryside. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This is a secondary paperback copy. Its useful addition is an introduction that contains some biographical facts on Grahame, including the sad one that the boy for whom he wrote these stories died at the age of twenty, and the more cheerful one that Teddy Roosevelt read the book 3 times. Another distinction is that the book has a different set of illustration, not the classic shepherd ones, nor yet Disney's cartoons. These are all right --the only jarring note is that mole consistently wears glasses, sometimes apparently dark glasses, and somehow suggests Stevie Wonder. The stories are still wonderful. I recall as a child writing a poem on Piper at the Gates of Dawn --all I recall now is "Piper at the gates, of dawn, play on!" ( )
  antiquary | Mar 25, 2014 |
This book was charming the first time I read it. My Language arts teacher assained this book to read for class, I remember reading ahead and just smiling at Mole, River rat, Otter and Badger. Truthfully the first few sentences bored me a bit bit until I began to read the entire chapter. The story begins with a gentle lull and eventually captures the reader's attention. Mole is a loveable character, a bit like a child-minded gentleman. He reminds me of a hobbit in this book, his young mind is extremely captating when you first meet him. Ratty's attitute keeps the reader tuned in to find out what happens next. I highly suggest this book to people with larger vocabularies and a taste for countryside adventure.

Mole is a normal everyday gentleman with a passion for housekeeping and tea time. One day he is spring cleaning and gets tired of it, he longs for adventure! Mole sets off across the country and runs into a River rat named Ratty. Ratty and Mold become fast friends and travel the world together, they meet new friends such as Toad, Badger and Weasle. Toad is a spoiled young lad who believes money is the answer to everything. Badge is a bit like the father of the bunch. The friends wander around England until they discover a plot against Toad's riches, they have to work together, even if they don't get along, to help their friend Toad, but the question is, how? ( )
  KelsieH.G3 | Mar 20, 2014 |
Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad all enjoy life and friendship in the sleepy world of the riverbank. But when Toad's obsession for automobiles lands him in jeopardy his friends struggle to find a means to help him. An excellent adventure that shows the value of friendship and the ability to change.

I loved The Wind in the Willows and I hadn't read it until now. The world of the riverbank seems like a wonderful place and was instantly vivid in my mind. The characters are rich and endearing, even Toad who is too arrogant and self-absorbed for his own good. An excellent read for advanced younger readers. ( )
  abrial2433 | Mar 18, 2014 |
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Grahame, Kennethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnhart, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Begin, Mary JaneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, AlanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bransom, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briers, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Clark, Roberta CarterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, Ralph.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellman, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frasier, ShellyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jacques, BrianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kincaid, EricIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sale, RogerIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Shepard, Ernest H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tsao, AlexIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tudor, TashaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Sandwyk, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated Classic Editions ∙ Adapted by Malvina Vogel) by Malvina G. Vogel

The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated Classic Editions ∙ Adapted by Malvina Vogel) by Malvina G. Vogel

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This edition, with its illustrations, is dedicated to the illustrator's grandson.
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The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home.
"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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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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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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