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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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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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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1St Edition 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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209 of 216 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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78 of 83 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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J. Polzin on October 27, 2012
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This book is absolutely gorgeous! I received it today and have begun reading it. So far the story is lovely. But the illustrations are truly wonderful. Some of the illustrations are cover the full page, while others are only on part of the page. I paged through the book and there are only two page-spreads that do not have any illustrations. I look forward to reading this to my kids and having them enjoy the story as well as the illustrations.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jazzmama on June 15, 2013
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With Robert Ingpen's illustrated edition, The Wind in the Willows is now given a beautiful makeover. I have read several different editions of Wind in the Willows to my children. Each one is gloriously beautiful, but I do adore Ingpen's color and his detail. Fans of Ingpen know his work on such books as Treasure Island.

First off, Wind in the Willows is a beautifully written tale, as many others here have already told. So well written, it is, that some people believe it shouldn't be illustated at all. However, as an artist, I am not in that camp. I appreciate a person willing to render 2D or 3D life to the written word. What a task!

This is a book which one can pick it up and put it down as one wishes. We sometimes read our favorite bits over and over. Grahame's writing is perfection, and we voice his characters for fun sometimes. There's a silly claymation television series that was done in the 1980s if you want to show the kids the t.v. version after you've read it to them. It was available on Netflix - not sure if it still is.

Also, for 'purists', fyi, this is the book in its unabridged form (the original full length tale).

For those looking for the abridged version, with lovely illustrations, check out the version with Inga Moore as illustrator. Moore has illustrated a version of The Secret Garden which is also lovely.
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75 of 83 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mindful Consumer on July 26, 2011
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i am a collector of the puffin classics in softcover, and having now received this edition, am an even bigger fan of the hardcovers! well bound and whimisically decorated, i have already ordered more copies of this particular edition as i am so fond of it!

i collect different editions of this book, as out of all literature in the world, it is easily in my top echelon. widely regarded as a children's book, this is far more than can be classified in words (or one genre).

while the story is technically about creatures and "their" river, it is truly about so much more. the essence and magic of life is hidden in these pages. it is a treasure.

i only have one real issue with this edition, and that being that ernest h. shepard's dear illustrations are nowhere to be found. i certainly do not require illustrations for a meaningful read, however with such iconic images, it seems an unfortunate omission. it does contain illustrations by robin lawrie, which are quite nice, if sparsely included.

if you have never read this book or are looking for a solid edition in softcover, please look into the aladdin classics edition (also available here on amazon). it not only has the full text with illustrations, but the forward by susan cooper is one of the most intelligent and touching essays ever written on kenneth grahame (it makes me emotional just to think of it).

one specific caveat to the puffin classics editions are the inclusions at the end of the book of bonus information on the author, the characters, and so much more. what a wonderful addition to an already stellar novel!

i genuinely hope you read this book. there is something for everyone to find in these pages.
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