Item description for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame & Ernest H. Shepard...
Overview The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
Publishers Description Since its beginnings as a series of stories told to Kenneth Grahame's young son, "The Wind in the Willows" has gone on to become one of the best-loved children's books of all time. The timeless story of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger, brought to vivid life by Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations, has delighted readers of all ages for more than eighty years.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1989
Publisher Homeschool Bargain Books
ISBN 068971310X ISBN13 9780689713101
Availability 0 units.
More About Kenneth Grahame & Ernest H. Shepard
Inga Moore says that illustrating Kenneth Grahame's famous story was both great fun and a great challenge. -THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is such a wonderful book that I never tire of reading it. I couldn't possibly let it down, so I had to do my best work ever.- Of the wayward Mr. Toad, she adds, -He is a celebration of the life we would lead if only we could.-
Kenneth Grahame lived in Edinburgh. Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859 and died in 1932.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Wind in the Willows?
A strange mix but entertaining Aug 22, 2007
A children's classic that escaped my childhood readings, I read this as research for a short story I did.
A rich vocabulary with a strange mix of sometimes natural and sometimes human characteristics for the animals, the short sections were enjoyable and fast paced.
I think I prefer either the simpler Pooh stories or the more complex Watership Down, however.
Said the Mole... Jul 24, 2007
"What's a little wet to a water rat?"
If it's been a while treat yourself to a re-read of this story. There's something for everyone inside, but WIND IN THE WILLOWS must be read for itself. Take it slow and easy, and let the story grab hold. This is not the book to be read among throngs; but it will become a perfect vacation treat, to be consumed on a beach, or a cruise, or a quiet backyard weekend.
"I'm more in the water than out of it most days."
Never stumbled over it until adulthood, still thought it was great Jun 4, 2007
I've read a lot of heavy stuff in the last year or so, and I decided to stick to children's fiction and other light reading for a month to sort of clear my palate. I picked up The Wind in the Willows and started into it without expecting much; I'd seen cartoon versions of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride quite a bit when I was a little kid, but never really felt interested in the book itself.
The book is like no other children's book I've ever read. It's ostensibly set in England, but obviously the anthropomorphic animals and idyllic setting make it more of a fantasy England than a real one. Kenneth Grahame loved the countryside, loved the relaxed life of someone who spends entire days drifting down a river in a boat, and one of his best achievements in this book is making you feel every ounce of pleasure that he ever got out of that lifestyle.
The funniest and most entertaining chapters center mostly on Mr. Toad, his boisterous personality and his exploits. He is an arrogant fool, but it's impossible to dislike him. Grahame draws him perfectly, and his story is never dull, but if this book were only about Mr. Toad's comical adventures it would be merely a great children's book and not a great book for all ages.
Fortunately, we also have Mr. Toad's three friends, Water Rat, Badger and Mole. The best chapters for the adult reader center around these characters and their relationships. The chapter in which Water Rat and Mole go looking for a friend's lost child and end up meeting a god is incredibly affecting. The chapter Wayfarers, in which Water Rat almost leaves the riverside life to go traveling, is also incredible. There is a depth of adult emotion in many of the non-Toad chapters that make the book well worth reading for anybody, and what makes the book so singular is that these very adult yearnings and feelings are addressed in a way that makes them entertaining even to children, who will not relate to them in most ways. The book goes to some very odd and peculiar places for a children's book, but it does so in a way that allows the children to come along as well. Anybody seeking to write for a universal audience should take notes from Grahame.
I wish I'd read this as a child so I could better know the child's perspective on it, but as an adult, I'm saying go ahead and read it no matter who you are. This book really does have something for everyone.
Don't Read This Book Apr 13, 2007
Wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame is a very childish book that I would recommend to my two year old cousin. I would not recommend this book to kids are age because it is childish and it isa fast read. It is about talking animals that get their house stolen by weasels and they steal it back by running at them and hitting them on the head with sticks. Toad go's off on a trip, he gets put in jail for stealing a car. He escapes jail, finds some washer woman close, so every one things he's a washer woman. He gets on a train, he's the only passenger. When they are about halfway to Toads house they see a train coming after them faster and faster. Toad finally tells the Conductor that that is the police and they are coming after him because all he had done. so the conductor helps him get away. Then he runs into a barge woman, he asks if he can get a ride after a while she figures out he is not a washer woman but a frog so she throws him off. So he steals the horse that's pulling the boat and rides off on it. He runs into a man the. He asks man if he wants to buy a horse but Toad wants more money than the man is offering but Toad makes a deal "if you give me a meal and that money I will give you this horse. When he was done eating he left with the money and a full belly. He found a road while walking he saw a car coming but then he figured out it was the car he had stolen before, he froze he could not move. so the people thought he was in trouble so they put him in the car.
Like I said this is a very childish book, the only reason anyone would read this is to get an easy A.
A charming classic Apr 9, 2007
No child who loves a good story should be without this book. The illustrations are indeed wonderful and will delight the adult and the child. This story is loaded with life lessons. The characters represent a mixed sampling of life's offerings.
The story is a little difficult to read and will be very frustrating for children 4 to 8 to attempt on their own. In fact, depending on the child, some 10 year-olds might very well require assistance.
Reading it aloud is a good idea for several reasons: it is British and therefore doesn't read like an American novel and the characters are old fashioned. There is magic in that "read aloud time" one spends with their little ones. The characters and storyline itself will lead to questions and we are then amazed at how much our child understands. And because of these elements and simple charm of this story our children acquire a taste for better literature.
There are too few books that help us grow and recognize what to avoid in life without preaching to us, and The Wind in the Willows is one of those. I am rating this 4 stars, because as good as it is some my get lost in translation from British to American.