- Hardcover: 259 pages
- Publisher: Methuen; 7th printing thus edition (1954)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000V7AL9W
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (632 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,336,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wind in the Willows (The Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf) Hardcover – Illustrated, 1954
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I was NOT disappointed. Toad was just as cantankerous and difficult as ever. Badger, Rat and Mole were just as supportive - just as memorable. Badger is unpredictable but protective (and sometimes mean). Mole is timid and shy. Rat is courageous and romantic. And who could ever forget those dreadful gun-toting weasels, ferrets and stoats glorying in their take-over of Toad Hall? Wind in the Willows is a true masterpiece of allegory with endless moral lessons disguised as a children's story. It is also a lesson in things long-forgotten... the glory of floating noiselessly down a river at dawn, past loosestrife, willowherb, bulrushes and meadowsweet. How many of us have even heard of these meadow plants, never mind seen them. But it doesn't matter, because it evokes nostalgia either for things long-forgotten or for things never-known.
At a child's level, Wind in the Willows is about friendship and about life in an imagined world centered around the river. At a less innocent level, Wind in the Willows draws many parallels with life, though Kenneth Grahame managed to avoid preaching his lessons. Not the least of Graham's parables is that 'the bigger they are, the harder they fall' because Toad is as egotistical and as self-important as they come until being thrown in jail for 'borrowing' a car.Read more ›
The content is entirely suitable for kids. The prose is a pleasure to read out loud and creates such pictures in one's imagination. And it's funny, too (the scene where Toad is nearly struck down by a car, which he has never seen before, and decides he MUST have one is absolutely hysterical.)
If you are starting a reading-out-loud program at home, this should be at the top of your list. I'd also add Swiss Family Robinson to that list. I have wonderful memories of my teachers and parents reading these books to me. Why not give your kids the same lasting delight in good literature, reading and family fun.
Note: suitable for grades 4-8 and the writing is somewhat complex, so some 4th graders will find it a rough go.
First off, Wind in the Willows is a beautifully written tale, as many others here have already told. So well written, it is, that some people believe it shouldn't be illustated at all. However, as an artist, I am not in that camp. I appreciate a person willing to render 2D or 3D life to the written word. What a task!
This is a book which one can pick it up and put it down as one wishes. We sometimes read our favorite bits over and over. Grahame's writing is perfection, and we voice his characters for fun sometimes. There's a silly claymation television series that was done in the 1980s if you want to show the kids the t.v. version after you've read it to them. It was available on Netflix - not sure if it still is.
Also, for 'purists', fyi, this is the book in its unabridged form (the original full length tale).
For those looking for the abridged version, with lovely illustrations, check out the version with Inga Moore as illustrator. Moore has illustrated a version of The Secret Garden which is also lovely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sweet, sweet story makes me wish to visit England countryside and mess with some boats. Excellently written, deftly drawn characters and settings. But, oh that toad!Published 5 hours ago by TheSageRosemary
This is classic. I met it first a half century ago and still delight in its creation of a world steeped in wonder and in humor.Published 6 days ago by agb
I would not consider this a children's book, but a book for all ages which the adults will enjoy the most. I think the Guardian lists this as the 38th best novel and I can see why. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Eileen
A lovely classic with delightful and engaging illustrations by Michael Hague. One can pore over them for hours in pleasant day dreams.Published 13 days ago by Doula Mom
It is an enchanting story with strong prose. I wish I could live with them by the river.Published 19 days ago by Nahid
This is one of my favorite stories, but beware: What you see is NOT what you get. The "illustrations" shown on the Amazon page are NOT what are in the book. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Babasongbird