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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Grahame Cracker Books (April 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613823290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613823293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV>"Narrator Shelly Frasier's clear, pleasant voice carefully distinguishes [Rat, Toad, Mole, and Badger].... The naughty toad is her best creation---she seems to understand his dreamy but destructive love of motor cars completely." - --AudioFile</div>

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame was a British writer, mainly of the sort of fiction and fantasy written for children but enjoyed equally if not more by adults.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By othoniaboys on April 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Around the time of my sixth birthday, in 1949, I was delighted by the Disney version of this book, although the movie plot is somewhat different from the book plot. I recently got around to reading the book in the Signet Classics edition with illustrations by Alex Tsao ("Alex Taso" on the title page, but it is Tsao). This is a wonderful book and it was perfectly written, although the vocabulary is likely to go over the heads of younger readers. The descriptions of nature are so poetical as to leave me on the verge of tears. Several things need to be explained to younger readers, such as the meaning of the chapter heading "The return of Ulysses" which refers to the climax of Homer's Odyssey. Also there is the little matter of the great god Pan, whose name is not mentioned. The motor car needs to be explained, as this is a 1908 antique, and not the automobile of a century later. The story of Toad of Toad Hall is, of course, a story with a moral: pride goeth before a fall. I perhaps could wish that Grahame had not made his animals so humanlike, especially when he has Toad brushing or combing his hair, as if toads had hair. Toads also don't live in mansions and drive motor cars, so we must accept the absurdities or else reject the whole tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sara m on May 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
so, your spam to let me know that the author has a new book out is a little weird. Besides, I've already read it and it was awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Hall on April 15, 2013
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Yes, this is a wonderful book that your kids will love. However, this edition is NOT illustrated. That picture you see on the cover is the only one you will find. Still a great book, but some more searching will find you an illustrated edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Evans on November 11, 2012
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This delightful book is whimsical in the best ways, transporting the reader into a foreign land that is somehow not foreign at all. Though the characters are animals dealing with animal problems, they remind us of ourselves in so many ways. The friendships formed, hardships overcome, and dreams lived to the fullest are poignant because they are the same kinds of friends, hardships, and dreams that we have back in the human world.

I will read this to the children I hope to some day have; such delight with such wisdom is rare to find.
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Five star review:

How could anyone not like Toad, Badger, Mole, and Ratty? Whimsical, funny, and interesting. I first read this at age 6 but had had an introduction to it earlier from having it read to me earlier than age five. I loved it then. " Babar," " Winnie the Pooh," " Make Way for Ducklings," and " Nancy and Plum," are just a few of my favorite childrens' books. I think it is healthy for children to be introduced to any and all literature from another time or another country. How about " Alice in Wonderland?"

Does anyone remember the record that used to accompany the " Babar" series?
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