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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>

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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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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Grahame Cracker Books (May 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613823290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613823293
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By othoniaboys on April 19, 2013
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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 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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By La Vida on December 31, 2014
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One morning, Mole is busy spring-cleaning his little underground home. Above him, spring has awakened nature from winter slumbers; the sap is raising, the sun is shining, and budding, surging life is everywhere reaching upwards. With a ‘Bother’ and a ‘Hang spring-cleaning!’ the Mole throws aside his dusting and whitewashing and lets the joys of spring fill him. Digging up through the spring-tingling earth, he bursts out to roll in the sunny meadow above. Thus begins a ramble that will lead the Mole to the Water Rat’s riverside door and the beginning of a new life of blissful, lazy days spent ‘messing about in boats’ on the river, and cosy nights by the fireside with good food and good company.

But this above-ground world has its dangers and vexations too; the Wild Wood is a mysterious place with strange and frightening inhabitants, and the puffed-up and foolish but good-hearted Toad causes endless worry to his friends with his constant infatuations. When he claps eyes on a motor car it is love at first sight. In the grip of this latest obsession, the Toad is a menace to himself and everyone else. Just when Toad is busy congratulating himself on being such a clever toad for escaping from the law, he is faced with a terrible threat from the Wild Wooders. This time his friends Mole, Water Rat and Mr. Badger must band together to help rescue Toad from the mess he his landed himself in.

This classic book is timeless in its appeal to readers both young and old. Anyone opening its pages can hardly fail to enjoy busking in the beauty of its writing and loosing themselves in its perfectly evoked mood of golden childhood days spent blissfully out in nature with close companions. Adventure abounds too, and the scrapes that Mole’s innocence and Toad’s foolishness cause will leave readers unable to put this book down. A delightful and absorbing read.
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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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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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No one read to me as a child, as my grandparents who raised me were much older and tired by nightfall. I first read this book to my children who loved the story, someone gave the video to my own grandchildren which I thought we'll done but so much of the story was left out. I decided to read it again and fell in love with the story all over again.
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By Kindle Customer on July 9, 2014
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I loved this book it's a good read I recommend this book for ages 9 -11 you should read this book!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Elsbeth on June 23, 2014
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A book for all ages as it spans the years and ages I highly recommend it for reading to grandchildren
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