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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2014
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The last time I read Wind in the Willows, I was about 14 years old. I recall being slightly put off. Something seemed just... off about the story.

Having re-read it, I now know what bothered me. This book really isn't for kids at all. It's mature--not "mature" in a "bad" sense, but mature in the way it looks at the world. Characters have experiences that I think only an adult would completely comprehend--such as Rat's sudden wanderlust. Additionally, I think I was trying to find a point to it, but there's really no such thing. There's a light overarching story arc revolving around Toad's motorcar shenanigans, but that's as close as it gets. Most of the time it's a meandering series of short stories about animals farting around in a forest.

But what a fun fart-about it is! It is spectacularly well written--I am in awe of Grahame's prose--and includes lovable characters, great dialogue, and hilarious asides. The human mannerisms of the animals are charming, and it's quite funny to think of them as proper English gentlemen. The icing on the cake is Grahame's loving descriptions of nature and all the life that lives in it.

So many elements make this story precious and unique. It stands the test of time with ease. Please give it a chance! I think you'll really enjoy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
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This has been one of my favorite stories since childhood, and I continually enjoy meeting again the wonderful characters of Mr. Toad, Badge, Rat, and Mole. A wonderful and imaginative tale, it incorporates the beauty of country life and a fine moral for children that honesty, friendship, and humility are important virtues.
It is also interesting to note that this book was one of the inspirations of Brian Jacques, author of the popular "Redwall" series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
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Never mind the Piper at the Gates of Dawn, or Toad of ToadHall -- think Badger and... Wayfarers All.

Out of five stars, rates a solid eight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
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Although harder to read aloud it is one of the best books so I got it anyway for the older kids. They enjoy it more than the little ones. They did not understand and the soothing voice reading for bedtime wasn't there since hard to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
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Wind in the Willows was a favourite childhood story cassette of mine and reading the book some 20 years later brought back sweet nostalgia. Its a simple story with characters who all hold very different personalities and are still very good friends teaching us small lessons for life. A nice easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2013
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How can you not like this classic children's book with it heroes and villains. Some criticize the anthropomorphism, but it does not matter, it is a delightful story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
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I am not certain at what age children would be able to read this, but children too young to read would enjoy having this read to them. I had heard of it, but had never read it until now. Well worth reading at any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2013
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The wind and the willows was absolutely AMAZING!!! I loved it! It has adventure and action and some comedy. :-D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
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Ah this book brought back so many memories from when i was a child back in England. What a fantastic story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
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The Wind in the Willow is great for almost all ages. It is a book for the imagination. What a sub-culture they shared in the woods and in their little holes. Kenneth Grahame had a great imagination which he shared with the world, just for the reading.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who dares to imagine.
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