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The Wind in the Willows (first edition; 1908)

Kenneth Grahame's classic 1908 children's book about a group of animals and their adventures.

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  • Jun 18, 2010

Whether you have already seen the Walt Disney movie or not Wind in the Willows is a must read for both children and adults. I first read this book in 4th grade as a required reading for my literature class. I have since read it a few more times and it is without a doubt one of my favorites. This classic book brings to live with amazing detail and reality a toad, a frog and several other animals that you would not normally get to know or think of as even pets. Mr. Toad is the main character and you get to know his personality in many ways and with much precision and detail. 

The author has written this book in a very clever way with much symbolism and satire and it is so well written that as the reader you are drawn into the book immediately and you feel like these animals become your friends. In addition, the book takes place in England and so for Americans who are not familiar with the cities and geography of this country, Wind in the Willows is in a way a geography lesson of sorts. 

While it has been years since I saw the movie, I am certain that fans of the movie will probably enjoy the book even more. 

Even though there are lots of books where animals talk, this one really is unique in many ways. The first way is the uniqueness of the kinds of animals that are personified. The second way is that the animals live like humans in this book doing things such as driving cars and other things that humans normally only do, whereas in many other books with animals talking, they talk and may do a few other things they would not ordinarily do but they do not actually drive or do other human type things. 

The illustrations in this book are also incredible. The include detailed maps of their homes, the river and all of the major scenes in this book. 

So grab Wind in the Willows and a few hours and sit down to enjoy this entertaining, if not satirical novel. 


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review by . April 10, 2010
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review by . February 15, 2011
... As history-books have showed;   But never a name to go down to fame   Compared with that of Toad!"      THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, a turn-of-the century children's story written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, has deservedly withstood the onslaught of time. On the surface, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is an allegory that tells the story of the adventures and misadventures of Toad, Rat, Badger and Mole in the rural English countryside. The pastoral narratives …
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
kind of spooked me when I was a kid
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Always a classic
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
"Believe me my young friend there is nothing half as much woth doing as simply messing about in boats". Always a classic.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
It's wellwritten, true, but I found it a little dull myself. Still quite good.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
This is a wonderful story.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I love these animals.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Loved this!
Quick Tip by . December 07, 2009
Kenneth Grahame's brilliant children's tale captures the essence of friendship & adventure and has beautiful visions of a pastoral England.
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Author: Kenneth Grahame
Genre: Fantasy, Children's Books, Classic Literature
Publisher: Signet Classics
Date Published: 1908
Format: Novel
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