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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows (original 1908; edition 2001)

by Kenneth Grahame, Don Daily (Illustrator), G.C. Barrett (Narrator)

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Title:The Wind in the Willows
Authors:Kenneth Grahame
Other authors:Don Daily (Illustrator), G.C. Barrett (Narrator)
Info:Running Press Kids (2001), Hardcover, 56 pages
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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Author) (1908)

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I managed to avoid somehow or other reading the complete Wind in the Willows until I was well into adulthood. Of course, it is probably impossible to escape bits of it such as Ratty's wise words...'Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing...."
But I found myself reading the full version around the 100 year anniversary of its original publication in 1908. And, despite myself, quite enjoyed it. There is a bit of the class struggle reflected in it with Toad representing the worst of inherited wealth and privilege and Ratty the best blend of smarts and good-heartedness. But really, I didn't buy this book for the story and I already have 3 other copies of the W/W. I bought for the wonderful illustrations by Robert Ingpen. He really is a favourite illustrator of mine. And, as is pointed out in the preface, it is no mean challenge to illustrate a book where everyone has their own mental pictures of Toad's caravan, or of the wild wood, or Ratty and Mole's boating expedition etc. But, to my mind, the Ingpen version is simply one of the best, His style is semi realist.....realist enough for one to enjoy the warmth of Badger's fire and the food hanging from the ceiling of his abode. (p 60-61). It doesn't do to be too critical however; Badger's kitchen is true to the text with the glow and the warmth of the fire-lit kitchen whereas a REAL Badger's lair would be pitch black and maybe damp and certainly smelly. There is so much fun detail in Inpen's paintings. (I assume they are watercolour) but not quite sure. And they fade into a blurriness that hints at more details but just not enough to resolve. His draftsmanship is superb and he manages to faithfully portray the various animals whilst bestowing a pleasing familiarity upon them. I don't know how many illustrations there are in the book but did a quick sample count and it averages out at 7.5 illustrations per 10 pages. That is a wealth of illustration and it makes the book a delight to read to children. Some of my favourite illustrations are of Mole in the wild wood with the rabbit p 50; Badger leading Rat and Mole through underground passageways p76; Rat and Mole in the rowing boat just prior to dawn p121; the weasels, armed to the teeth attacking Toad Hall.....p195. But these are just a few of the absolute gems in the book.
Strongly recommend it. ( )
  booktsunami | Mar 23, 2019 |
phew! found it on youtube mar19
  lulaa | Mar 9, 2019 |
auf CD/DVD gebrannt, Datei vorhanden, nicht gehrt v. Andreas, nicht gehört v. Gaby
  abugaby | Mar 8, 2019 |
This story held my attention, made me laugh, made me think about friendship, made me think about narcissism, made me think about culture and society. I can see why it is so widely acclaimed. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
Inga Morre’s Illustrations are add so much to these classic stories and her abridged version is a treat to read aloud. ( )
  1Avidfan | Jan 11, 2019 |
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Grahame, KennethAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnhart, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Begin, Mary JaneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, AlanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benson, PatrickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biro, ValIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Daily, DonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellman, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kramer, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Maguire, GregoryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sale, RogerIntroductionsecondary 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

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad [1949 animated film] by James Algar

Ladybird Classics: The Wind in the Willows by Joan Collins

The Wind in the Willows #2: The Open Road by Laura Driscoll

The Adventures of Mr. Toad (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) by Disney Book Club

Classics Illustrated Deluxe: #1 The Wind in the Willows by Michel Plessix

The Wind in the Willows [adaptation by Michael Bishop] by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows #1: The Riverbank (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 1) by Laura Driscoll

The Wind in the Willows [Penguin Readers] by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows #3: The Wild Wood (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 3) by Laura Driscoll

The Wind in the Willows: Play by Alan Bennett

The Wind in the Willows #4: Home Sweet Home (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 4) by Laura Driscoll

The Wild Wood by Andrea Stacy Leach

The Open Road (Wind in the Willows) by Andrea Stacy Leach

The Wind in the Willows: The Open Road (adapted ∙ boardbook) by Ottenheimer Publishers

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride [1996 film] by Terry Jones

The Wind in the Willows [1983 animated TV movie] by Chris Taylor

The Wind in the Willows [1995 animated film] by Dave Unwin

The Wind in the Willows [1995 animated film] by Dave Unwin

The Wind in the Willows #5: Sneaky Toad (Easy Reader Classics) by Laura Driscoll

A Breeze in the Willows by Allen Johnson Jr.

Tales from the Wind in the Willows (Young Puffin Books) by Margaret Gordon

The Wind in the Willows #6: Restless Rat (Easy Reader Classics) by Laura Driscoll

The Wind in the Willows (Calico Illustrated Classics) by Lisa Mullarkey

Wind in the Willows (cartoon) by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows [2006 film] by Rachel Talalay

The Wind in the Willows:The Open Road - A Pop-Up Book 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.
First words
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."
'Hang spring-cleaning!'
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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
This is the Ladybird Spanish edition, adapted by Antonia Maria Martel.
The text of 'Steam in the Willows' is the same as 'The Wind in the Willows.' The illustrator begs to stand apart because of her visual re-interpretations.
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.
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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.
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Mole and Rat are chums,
Badger is a reclusive,
Toad causes trouble.

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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