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The Wind in the Willows Paperback – April 25, 2014


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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,692 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>

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Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger, the immortal animal friends of The Wind in the Willows. From their genesis nearly a century ago as bedtime stories for the author's young son, these timeless tales of friendship amid the natural world have captivated readers of all ages.
The adventures begin when Mole, feeling all the restlessness that springtime brings, abandons his burrow to discover the magic of the great river. With the able assistance of Rat, Mole learns to row and swim, and the chums fill their idyllic days with summertime rambles along the river and cozy fireside feasts on crisp nights. The pair take to the open road with the pleasure-loving Toad, track reclusive Badger to his snug lair, and stand together to reclaim Toad Hall from an invasion of stoats, ferrets, and weasels.
This memorable collection of stories, now available in an inexpensive and unabridged edition, offers a joyful retreat to a rustic world of wonders. Young readers (and listeners) will want to return again and again to the ageless charm of Kenneth Grahame's childhood classic.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

This edition had great illustrations.
Michele
At any rate, I highly recommend this book, it is a children's classic that belongs in every family, and can be passed down through the generations.
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I read this book a few years ago, loved it, and am now gifting my 11 year old granddaughter with her copy.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. J. House on February 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm very pleased with this version of this classic, must-have work of children's literature. For less than the price of a typical paperback, this attractive hardcover version is very well bound and perfect size and format for reading aloud to little ones. Black and white illustrations are sparse but beautifully done. It even has a ribbon place-holder. Very acceptable addition to your heirloom children's library. Would definitely get more from this series.
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By rico567 on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review isn't about the story; if you haven't read it by now, get the book and read it. This is a nice solid hardcover with a place marker ribbon, a good choice for our six year old granddaughter. The biggest drawback to this edition (and the reason for the 4 stars) is the relatively small number of illustrations.....but what there are are good.
I would probably have preferred an edition with the illustrations by E.H. Shepard or Arthur Rackham (although the former would be more appropriate for someone who is six. However, neither of those editions was available on Amazon at less than collector's prices.

The most dismaying thing in my search for this book is the number of abridged versions for sale, which I believe to be unconscionable. I can well imagine those sections of the book that a modern editor / publisher might feel "superfluous," particularly for young readers. Well, if someone finds a chapter tedious, skip over it. It's not like that won't be necessary later in life, and with any number of other books.
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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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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ankle Marmot on September 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When this book arrived I thought it was the wrong book. Clearly it is not an "unabridged" edition of this classic. My old edition is roughly twice as thick with smaller print. The volume itself has neither "Unabridged" nor "Unabridged Classic" anywhere in it or on the DJ.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Town on September 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When publishers abridge classics such as The Wind in the Willows they must be very respectful. And they should not make their own determinations of what a child can and cannot absorb or enjoy. It is very sad that they cut "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" from this edition. Children can and will get something valuable from such contemplatve texts, but only if we allow them access!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Skip Goforth on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, and a great gift for a chid in your life.

I first read it as a little boy many years ago.

I am 56 years old and read it every year!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikael on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book online for reading to our five-year-old, having never read it myself in childhood. Since there are lots of editions and I couldn't see them physically, I struggled a bit, but ended up picking the one with the illustrations I liked best, despite a somewhat higher cost. Aside from being a joy to read, this turns out to be the most gorgeous book I've bought in years. Not only are the illustrations painstaking, rich, and vivid, with a tone that fits the text perfectly -- and there are tons of them -- it is also a large-format hardback with a quality of paper and binding that you just don't see anymore. I would have expected to pay $30 or more for this if asked to guess the price. Every time I open it to read to my daughter I get a little thrill of pleasure just from the quality of the book itself. If it's abridged without acknowledgement, that's unfortunate, but I wouldn't let that deter you from buying this stunning edition.
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