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The Wind in the Willows (original 1908; edition 2012)

by Kenneth Grahame

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Title:The Wind in the Willows
Authors:Kenneth Grahame
Info:Simon & Brown (2012), Paperback, 200 pages
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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)

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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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    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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A fun, and whimsical tale great for animals lovers. ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
They are such boys! Quite uncivilized, except when it comes to the codes of honor and of hospitality. They do love their food and their adventures - but then, they don't need to make a living.

Tasha Tudor's illustrations are wonderful: she makes the landscape enchanting and the friends handsome (Ratty most of all ;). The language is both witty and lyrical, and accessible (not the least bit difficult to read even after all these years). The personalities are vibrant - especially Badger's, and the stories are either mythic or hilarious, or both.

What surprised me was that these aren't just a unified series of adventures. I imagine most readers skim over Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Wayfarers All; maybe they're even left out of abridgments. I know it'd take me another reading to appreciate those fully. But they definitely belong in the book and enhance its appeal in the sense that the child reader knows *something* wonderful is being shared, and he's expected to be able to strive for it.

But I don't like how there is no consistent sense of the animals' relation to humans. I mean, sometimes they're small enough to burrow in the riverbank, and sometimes they're big enough to drive motorcars. Mostly they live their lives undetected, but even the barge-woman knows of Toad Hall. I never did read this as a child, and now I know why - I was too pragmatic. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A glorious book filled with creatures I would have liked to have grown up with. There really is nothing better than mucking around in boats. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Kenneth Grahame weaves a tale of adventures in the wild woods involving the friendships of Water Rat, Badger, Mole and Mr. Toad. I had tried to read this when I was a child but just could not get through it. When one of the boards was talking about children's literature and this book came up I thought that now was the time to read it again and see if I could get through it. First I want to say is that the pictures in this edition by Patrick Benson were amazing. I enjoyed this book more than I thought and there was some chapters I enjoyed more than others. Some chapters were full of fun and of course Mr. Toad was very aggravating and silly and I liked those but than there were chapters that I loved that were very quiet and thoughtful and you could just feel the sun on your back, the cold of the winter and the quietness of the woods. I am glad I finally read this all the way through and I appreciate it more as a adult than I ever could as a child. ( )
  JulieLill | May 31, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book for two reasons. First, I enjoyed the descriptive language used throughout the book. For example, “He was completely absorbed in his new life, intoxicated with the sparkle and ripple of the water, the scents and sounds and the sunlight.” These types of descriptive sentences allow readers to visualize the scenery, making the reading more enjoyable. I also enjoyed the illustrations scattered throughout the book. The illustrations added the reader in creating a world where animals have humanistic qualities and are equal to humans. For example, at one point Toad is on trial. To help readers visualize this an illustration of Toad being tried with a bailiff and judge nearby is helpful, but also comical. The main idea of this story is that true friends make sacrifices for each other. ( )
  CathiRussell | Apr 30, 2016 |
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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
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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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Rice, LuanneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sale, RogerIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
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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

Ladybird Classics: The Wind in the Willows by Joan Collins

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

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

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

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

Wind in the Willows (Penguin Readers, Level 2) by Kenneth Grahame

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

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

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

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

The Open Road; from The Wind in the Willows [full text] by Kenneth Grahame

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

A Breeze in the Willows: A Celebration of the Wit and Wisdom of the Wind in the Willows by Allen Johnson

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

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

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride by Terry Jones

Wind in the Willows [1995 live/animated film] by Ted Walker

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

Wind in the Willows (cartoon) 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.
(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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