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The Wind in the Willows Hardcover – September 15, 2003


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Thus edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763622427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Previously published in two volumes, The River Bank (1996) and The Adventures of Mr. Toad (1998), Moore's intelligently abridged edition of Grahame's classic is now available in a single large-format volume. The relatively large print, the wide margins, and the beautiful ink-and-pastel artwork on nearly every page make this version a good choice for middle-grade independent readers put off by the original or for parents in search of a pleasing edition to read aloud to younger children. Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author

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."

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Customer Reviews

This edition had great illustrations.
Michele
I read this book a few years ago, loved it, and am now gifting my 11 year old granddaughter with her copy.
sbear
Not only is this a great story, but it is also a beautiful book with wonderful pictures.
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153 of 156 people found the following review helpful By SWfromCT on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this copy of Kenneth Grahame's wonderful classic because the illustrations were so lovely. When I read the book however, I realized that this book, albeit with beautiful illustrations, was heavily abridged. I am sorely disappointed by this, and feel it should be clearly marked in the labeling of the book.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By S. VanLooy on April 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I see that other reviewers have graded this edition down because it doesn't include certain favorite chapters.

I wish people would review products for what they are, not what they wish they were; the book is clearly an abridgement and does not claim to be anything else. And it is really a very good abridgement. I often, reading to my 5 year old, have to make "on the fly" abridgements of my own, as I guage his patience, his interest, and the appropriateness of the subject matter. I didn't have to do that with this book.

I also looked for "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" when I first opened this book and was saddened to see it wasn't there. But then I went online and found the text of it (as the book is out of copyright, there are a number of e-texts available). It's a truly gorgeous piece of writing - but it really is not going to appeal to the age range at which this book is aimed.

The illustrations are lush and colorful, and (important detail when reading chapter books to someone moving up from picture books) there is at least one illustration of some kind on nearly every page. The chapters selected to be presented are vivid and interesting and a good introduction to the book for smaller children.

When he's older, I'll read the full version to him - or hand it to him to read himself. But this book is a lovely thing in its own right.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Curwen on November 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was probably one of my most favorite books when I was young. I remember my mother reading it to me and how wonderfully Mr. Grahame captured the countryside and the wonderful characters. All memorable!

But now we come to this one. A totally beautifully illustrated rendition it is (though it really is hard in my mind to beat Ernest H. Shepard's wonderful Rat, Badger, Toad and all!). The reason for the 1 star is two fold. One, it's an abridged version. Yes, I know it's for consumption by younger folk. I was, however, maybe 4 or 5 when it was first read to me. Why do we continue to sell our children short? The biggest reason though for the poor rating is that several chapters have been left out. The one I have always loved the best is "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." A beautiful tale of heroism, compassion, and love. It's not in this edition. An outrage! I will NOT buy this book and I will certainly NOT recommend it to others!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Lilliquist on July 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those people who are not familiar with this timeless classic, it is the charming tale of a humble Mole who wanders down to the riverside one day, only to meet a new friend in the local water Rat, and thus begin a series of adventures that will introduce him to the lovable but foolish Toad and the brave but aloof Badger, and a host of other woodland creatures -- all of whom dress and act like people. Most of the action surrounds Toad's exploits and escapes, while most of the heart comes from the friendship between Mole and his friend Rat.

It seems that reviewers either loved this book for the peerless color illustrations by Inga Moore, surpassing even the charm of Shepherd's original ink drawings, or they are deeply disappointed by the abridgement.

I have to say that I fall into the first category. Moore's many charming and highly detailed pictures are a genuine treasure, and evoke the mood of the book and the personality of the characters pefectly. In my opinion they add to the experience of the book considerably.

In the store, before I bought the book, I made a word-by-word comparison for some of the most memorable passages and found no differences whatsoever. So, from what I can gather, the abridgment seems to consist of leaving out a few episodes entirely, rather than shortening here and abbreviating there. I think this approach leaves far more of Kenneth Grahame's original voice intact - a very good thing indeed. I would also add that, at 180 pages, it's not an extensive abridgement; most of the original is still there.

Why not all of it? I don't know. But don't let that stop you from buying this lovely book, another gem from the outstanding Candlewick Press.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought a similar Inga Moore version of this book for my son and we love it. The text has been "sensitively abridged" to make it appropriate for young children and the result is a delightful story that brings small animals to vivid life. Inga Moore's illustrations are what drew me to this book. They are wonderfully detailed and evocative of the beauty of the Thames Valley.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HB on May 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this book is abridged. And while I was disappointed in that at first, when I read it through I was struck by how well the edits had been done. The flavor of the language is left intact and flows beautifully; it is just shortened. The characters still shine through.

Here is the first paragraph of Dulce Domum for comparison:
This abridged version:
The sheep ran huddling together against the hurdles, blowing out thin nostrils and stamping with delicate forefeet, their heads thrown back and a light steam rising from the crowded sheep-pen into the frosty air, as the two animals hastened by in high spirits. They were returning across country after a day's outing with Otter, and the shades of the short winter day were closing in. They had heard the sheep and had made for them; and now, leading from the sheep-pen, they found a beaten track.

And the original text:
The sheep ran huddling together against the hurdles, blowing out thin nostrils and stamping with delicate forefeet, their heads thrown back and a light steam rising from the crowded sheep-pen into the frosty air, as the two animals hastened by in high spirits, with much chatter and laughter. They were returning across country after a long day's outing with Otter, hunting and exploring on the wide uplands where certain streams tributary to their own river had their first small beginnings; and the shades of the short winter day were closing in on them, and they still had some distance to go.
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