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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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
Collections:2012, Your library

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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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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 |
The Wind in The Willows is a highly inventive, very English story about the rich spoiled Toad and his worthy friends, Rat, Mole, Badger, etc. It has become a timeless classic that appeals to all ages. This would make an ideal read aloud story for children as an adult could help with the pacing and perhaps put on interesting voices for the various characters.

A morality tale that praises the value of friendship and community, this story has it’s slightly dark moments, but over all it is a gentle tale that paints a strong picture of English country life as we would all wish it to be. This very comforting read delivers it’s message in a subtle, humorous fashion helped by it’s Edwardian pastoral setting and woodland creatures who have very human characteristics.

I read this book in short installments through the Daily Lit on-line site, and found myself so looking forward to my next installment that I often didn’t wait but pushed the button for immediate delivery of the next chapter. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 15, 2016 |
I MUST reread this. I remember loving it.
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
My only previous exposure to The Wind in the Willows comes from Disney's animated film The Adventures of Mr. Toad and the Disneyland attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Reading this fun little novel was a similar and yet very different experience altogether.

The Disney movie and ride are both quite adventurous and action packed. The book does have action sequences and rising plot points but much of the novel is a quaint relaxing view into the lives and relationships of people...er, I mean, animals. The Disney films focus primarily on Mr. Toad and his exploits while the novel begins with young Mole meeting Rat and learning about life on the river. Much of the book revolves around their growing friendship and the experiences they have together.

We learn about the different motivations and lifestyles of the various creatures living on the river and in the nearby wood. An unspoken class system is explored as well as the nature of maturity and taking responsibility for one’s station in life. Mole and Rat are young carefree creatures and yet they are down to earth and acknowledge the relationship and responsibility of being part of a community. Toad is at the high end of the class structure but at the lower end of the responsibility scale. He is rather egocentric and impulsive, thinking only of his next thrill or what accolades he can obtain to brag about in his next conversation. Badger is initially presented as sort of a stand-offish curmudgeon but as you get to know him you find him as the stalwart established member of society who uses his station and responsibility to help the less fortunate even while berating them for their own behaviors that brought their world crashing down around their shoulders.

** Semi-spoiler plot descriptions in following paragraph **

The novel is subtle in the lessons it teaches about responsibility, respect, loyalty and other concepts. It takes the reader through a number of shorter sequences each building a framework for the final climactic segments with Mr. Toad and Toad Hall that Disney used in their movie. We first see Mole take a break from cleaning and meeting Rat on the river and then learn all about boating and relaxing and enjoying the water. We meet Toad as he drags the reluctant Rat and Mole on a trip in his new horse drawn caravan only to leave them in the ditch picking up the pieces. We see Mole carelessly wandering off into the woods and getting lost with Rat bravely searching after him. We meet Badger and find him shake off his gruff demeanor to help his friends and neighbors. We find Mole's home (which he abandoned mid-spring-cleaning in the first chapter) and learn more about his background. We get a little bit of River mythology as Mole and Rat go on a quest to find a missing child. We also see Rat toy with the ideas of leaving his quaint river for the larger world. Finally, we follow Toad as he continuous along his impulsive path of self-destruction before finally agreeing to get help from his friends and striving to be a better Toad.

** End spoiler **

All of these stories keep the plot going and engage the reader (both young and old) with fun anecdotes and wry humor. The general pacing is slow and calm like a gentle country river but it has depth and beauty that should be looked at from different angles and appreciated for the great experience that it is. Young readers will have fun with the story and may get some ideas about "proper" behavior and how they should interact with and treat others. Older readers may think about larger societal relations and stereotypes that should perhaps be reconsidered or adapted. This is a book that should be read with the mind of a person relaxing in the country and appreciating the life of a simpler time and place but with the intent to take the feelings and lessons back with you as you return to the larger, busier world.

4 out of 5 stars ( )
  theokester | Jul 8, 2016 |
A fun, and whimsical tale great for animals lovers. ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
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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 Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad [1949 animated film] by James Algar

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 #4: Home Sweet Home (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 4) by Laura Driscoll

The Wind in the Willows: Play by Alan Bennett

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

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

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

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

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride by Terry Jones

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

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

Wind in the Willows (cartoon) by Kenneth Grahame

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This edition, with its illustrations, is dedicated to the illustrator's grandson.
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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.
"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.

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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