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The Wind in the Willows (Sterling Illustrated Classics) Hardcover – March 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 8
  • Series: Sterling Illustrated Classics
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books; Ill edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402782837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402782831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth Grahame began writing in 1879 as an escape from the drudgery of his job at the Bank of England. The Wind in the Willows started as a bedtime story for his son Alistair, and Grahame later continued the story in letters to his son. The book was published in 1908 and has never been out of print.
 
Illustrator Robert Ingpen studied illustration and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 1986 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his contribution to children's literature, and he was recently honored with the Membership of the Order of Australia.

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A nice version of the classic.
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I look forward to reading this to my kids and having them enjoy the story as well as the illustrations.
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This is the first book I read by myself as a child.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Polzin on October 27, 2012
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This book is absolutely gorgeous! I received it today and have begun reading it. So far the story is lovely. But the illustrations are truly wonderful. Some of the illustrations are cover the full page, while others are only on part of the page. I paged through the book and there are only two page-spreads that do not have any illustrations. I look forward to reading this to my kids and having them enjoy the story as well as the illustrations.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jazzmama on June 15, 2013
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With Robert Ingpen's illustrated edition, The Wind in the Willows is now given a beautiful makeover. I have read several different editions of Wind in the Willows to my children. Each one is gloriously beautiful, but I do adore Ingpen's color and his detail. Fans of Ingpen know his work on such books as Treasure Island.

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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven Morrison on August 27, 2012
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This is a beautiful edition of a timeless classic. I love the illustrations contained within it, and have pleasure in reading this book to my young ones at bed time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Deane on May 15, 2013
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Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows is a children's story though the literacy skills required to read it as it deserves to be read are more sophisticated than those of most children and most adults. Grahame subtlly blends anthropomorphism with gentle, even erudite humour, centred on the rural Thames, as Toad is brought to appreciate his role as a leader in the community around Toad Hall. He tests the friendship of Rat, Mole and Badger, who rescue him from his giddy egocentrism and his disastrous obsession with motor cars, a passion that was gargantuan contrasted with his passing fancies for boats and caravans. His three friends are as passionate about their homes. But they see that the essential good in the aristocratic Toad is far better than the vulgar, uncouth weasels and stoats, the base churls who are not fit to replace Toad on his seat in the Hall.

The story demonstrates the power of friends to make a difference in each other's lives, of the value of a solid sense of community, as when Badger is generous to the cockney squirrel children who bring him a message, or when Rat and Mole find Otter's lost son, who has been enchanted by Pan; and when the four friends arm themselves with cudgels, cutlasses and pistols to drive the stoats and weasels from Toad Hall. Of course, the varlet ferrets are ridiculously easy to dislodge, but the story is more about kindness than one providing descriptions of an orgy of vindictive violence.

But before Toad can be restored to his ancestral home, he must undergo the indignities of a picaresque hero, being sentence by a stern judge to prison for stealing and smashing a motor car.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Nelson on January 9, 2013
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I purchased this for my 13 month old grandniece because it is never too early for Kenneth Grahame's beautiful world.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary T Foster on October 28, 2012
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I remember rushing through bedtime preparations in order to hear my Daddy's deep rumbling voice reading the next Chapter of The Wind In The Willows. I bought this copy for my grandson's birthday. It was a wise decision on my part. He looks forward to hearing the next chapter read to him, his mother reports. As well as looking at the illustrations. I am going to purchase a copy for myself to enjoy once again and add to my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By snowolf on January 5, 2013
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I read Wind in The Willows years ago..read it three time actually through the years. This edition is very nice, illustrations are great, the book itself is great and the price is VERY resonable..its a pleasure to own..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Mckenzie on December 21, 2012
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Beautiful book with lovely illustrations; only wish I had my original from the late 50's! It would make a great gift!
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