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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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The Wind in the Willows (1908)

by Kenneth Grahame, Richard Johnson (Illustrator)

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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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    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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    Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152 by David Petersen (kristenn)
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    The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (atimco)
    atimco: 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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    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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    The Complete Brambly Hedge (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem (PitcherBooks)
    PitcherBooks: Both are amusing, well-told and well-illustrated animal stories.
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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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    Toad Triumphant by William Horwood (Osbaldistone)
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    The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows by Kij Johnson (Cecrow)
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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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    Curious Lives: Adventures from the Ferret Chronicles by Richard Bach (infiniteletters)
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    Mr. Bliss by J. R. R. Tolkien (MissBrangwen)
    MissBrangwen: Motoring adventures!
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    The Nannycatch Chronicles by James Heneghan (Bitter_Grace)
  15. 10
    A Fresh Wind in the Willows by Dixon Scott (bookel)
  16. 10
    Who was Changed and Who was Dead by Barbara Comyns (ToadsUSA)
    ToadsUSA: Both these stories create a strong nostalgia for me. There is a darkness or trouble that follows the characters but always warmth as well.
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    Into the Happy Glade by Trevor Dudley-Smith (bookel)
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    Deep Wood by Elleston Trevor (bookel)
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Re-read now to make up for reading it a long time ago.

What did I think about it? The adventures of Toad, that inestimable peerage of nobility and intelligence?

Pfffttth.

Unlike the other classic I just finished, these talking animals have little to do with religion or politics other than a cameo performance from Pan. And that was just a little last minute grace. :)

So what did I think about the whole book? It's a comic buddy novel with very loud and distinctive Victorian animals having adventures, watching Toad get into trouble or eventually getting Toad out of trouble, or otherwise enjoying rashers of bacon.

Funny? As in Three Men in a Boat funny? Perhaps. But this one is absolutely a children's novel, too. And quite fun. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
A lovely edition with beautiful illustrations.
  2wonderY | May 4, 2020 |
The strange thing is that the individual chapters have such differing moods, from wistful to everyday to comical, that they should be quite incongruous - and yet it all holds together without feeling in the least contrived. (Would be even better with fewer Toad and more Rat-and/or-Mole stories though.) ( )
  Stravaiger64 | May 3, 2020 |
Near fine condition
  JamesLemons | Apr 26, 2020 |
I really wanted to love this book. It started off well, but it just started feeling like a chore to read. With just another 50 pages to read, I can't get motivated to finish. Was there some reason why there weren't any female animals/characters? ( )
  viviennestrauss | Apr 9, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kenneth Grahameprimary authorall editionscalculated
Johnson, RichardIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker-Smith, GrahameIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnhart, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrett, PeterCover artistsecondary 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
Brennan, KristaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briers, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burningham, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clark, Roberta CarterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cloke, ReneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collins, TonyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cuffari, DickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daily, DonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellman, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frasier, ShellyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hodges, Margaretsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hordern, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingpen, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kincaid, EricIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kincaid, EricIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
Smith, Mark F.Narratorsecondary 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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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.
Quotations
"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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Disambiguation notice
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
The Usborne edition is complete and unabridged and can be combined with the main title.
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.
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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.
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Penguin Australia

5 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0143039091, 014132113X, 0141808349, 0141329823, 0143106643

Candlewick Press

An edition of this book was published by Candlewick Press.

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Tantor Media

2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400100739, 1400108489

Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909676624, 1909676616

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