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Grahame's time-honored story, an adventure-filled idyll that meanders across a lovingly described English countryside, cemented its status as a masterpiece generations ago. But this newest edition adds some noteworthy extras: the unabridged text includes two chapters that don't appear in some modern versions ("The Pipers at the Gates of Dawn" and "Wayfarers All"), and the book closes with reproductions of two of Grahame's actual letters to his son Alistair ("My darling Mouse") in 1907, written on ornate, old-timey stationery from two Cornwall hotels and recounting one of Toad's first adventures (which Toad fans will recognize as the train-assisted escape of a certain "washerwoman").
These inclusions alone might merit a new edition, but Foreman's illustrations stand shoulder to shoulder with those of previous Winds artists (among them Ernest Shepard, the original illustrator, and Arthur Rackham, both of whom Foreman modestly stands "in awe" of). The lively, full-color illustrations appear generously throughout the book, as they convincingly capture both the story's small moments (like the washerwoman's weeping, for one) and more explosive events (like the storming of Toad Hall). (All ages) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pretty good book. Had to avoid reading ass out loud, as I was using this as bedtime reading for elementary school kids. Read morePublished 28 days ago by TracyL
A delightful story for children of any age! Should have read it sooner! Only thing that could have made it better would have been reading it to a little person!Published 1 month ago by Michael A
When I was 10 or 11 my family became acquainted with a very old, and very wealthy lady named Mrs. Marsh. Mrs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Harlow
One of my all-time favorite stories. On dark and windy nights, I often imagine Rat and Mole finding Mole's snug little hole. The perfect tale of friendship.Published 1 month ago by L. M. Crane
Wonderful reading of this great classic. A pleasure for kids AND adults.Published 2 months ago by WomPayt
The narration of the book was weak. Different characters, presumably all male, seemed to be missing something when read by a female. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert