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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

25 ratings, 5 reviews

This much-loved story follows a group of animal friends in the English countryside as they pursue adventure … and as adventure pursues them! The chief characters – Mole, Rat, and Toad – generally lead upbeat and happy lives, but their tales are leavened with moments of terror, homesickness, awe, madcap antics, and derring-do. Although classed as children’s literature, The Wind in the Willows holds a gentle fascination for adults too. The vocabulary is decidedly not “Dick and Jane”, and a reader with a love of words will find new ones to treasure, even if well-equipped for the journey. Parents will appreciate the themes of loyalty, manners, self-restraint, and comradeship which are evident throughout the book. When the characters err, they are prompt to acknowlege it, and so a reading of this book can model good behavior to children, who will otherwise be enchanted with the many ways in which the lives of these bucolic characters differ from modern life. This book was so successful that it enabled the author to retire from banking and take up a country life somewhat like that of his creations. It has been adapted for screen, stage, and even a ride at the original Disneyland.

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25 ratings, 5 reviews
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Wendy Tweedie

October 25, 2013

Such a wonderful story. Shame all the readers couldn't do it justice.

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Catherine Croft

February 06, 2013

Brilliant book, but ruined by the readers , they are awful! The first narrator is excellent then it goes down hill, the woman who vocalises Mr Badger is just awful !

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Ken Sponsler

June 11, 2012

Charming little tale. Some of the readers good, others not so much.

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Jane McGinnis

March 13, 2012

Loved it!

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Justin Beveridge

November 21, 2011

The first chapter is beautifully read. I had forgotten how sweet this book is, better heard in audio!