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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There are a great number of illustrated versions of the book, many of them abridged.
I read this book for the first time two years ago, and it is one of my all-time favorite books - which I re-read now every spring.
Wind In the Willows illustrated by Robert Ingpen brings this book into the world of both children and adults.
***This review may contain spoilers and is based on the Collier Library 2005 Edition.***
David Stuart Davies’s Afterword in my edition of “The Wind in the Willows”... Read more
One of the best fun stories about animals as humans as it were, and a timeless story for any parent to share with a child.Published 8 days ago by Johnn Schroeder
This is one of the sweetest books ever written.
The prose is sheer poetry
This is a cherished favorite in my family. This book enhanced that enjoyment with beautiful illustrations. Read morePublished 25 days ago by HSHiker
Beautiful book both in content and appearance for a good price! This is one of my favorite books.Published 28 days ago by Praedatusest
I got this along with a few other Puffin Classics for my nephew's nursery. They look great in person and will be a gift that he can keep for a long time.Published 1 month ago by Jacob Childs
Gorgeous edition with sewn binding and wonderful illustrations--a steal! Another one of a dying breed--the well-made book, worthy of the story it prints. Read morePublished 1 month ago by 3rd Day Believer
I did love it--arrived july 21 st. in very good condition.Published 1 month ago by Carol J. Zoellick