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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic for all ages, November 29, 1999
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This review is from: The Wind in the Willows (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) (Hardcover)
I was introduced to the denizens of the river when I was very small - maybe age three or four. My edition was illustrated by Arthur Rackham, still the best version to this day, IMO (much as I love Ernest Shepherd's work...)
I still remember being entranced by the juxtaposition of lyrical descriptions and occasionally wild and crazy action, expecially when Mr. Toad was involved - prefect balance for a child, and a terrific introduction to the wonders of the language in the hands of a true master. And one phrase - "Be my eyes, Ratty!" - has stayed with me ever since - that was when I really GOT the idea of helping and selflessness.
I still have my beat-up old book and make sure that all the children of my acquaintance have a good hardback Rackham copy. This classic - forget Disney - is right up there with the original Poohs, and I'm sure it will remain a favorite for generations to come. Do yourself and the children in your life a favor and read it - preferably out loud - and prepare to laugh, smile, shed a tear, and never forget.
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Initial post: Jan 25, 2012 2:04:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2012 2:08:53 PM PST
Mothra says:
In third grade, I loved Ernest Shepherd's illustrations. However, in adolescence, and 'knowing everything', I became infatuated with Arthur Rackham's over-finished work. Now, after decades of painting and figure-drawing, I have to say that Ernest Shepherd again wins out of all the illustrators of _The Wind in the Willows_. Shepherd's drawings are ***alive***, leaving room for the viewer's imagination. Judging by their line quality, Shepherd's images are swiftly and spontaneously executed, with an expressive precision that can only come from decades of drawing.

One must choose for oneself the illustrations (or none) that most speak to one at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 12:17:14 PM PST
Adelie says:
I love Shepherd's work, especially in the original Pooh books, which I had pretty much memorized by the time I was three or four. But for this kind of story, Rackham wins out. Maybe it's just a matter of which edition we grew up with.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 1:59:22 AM PDT
SeasideMaria says:
I am an adult who has never read this book. I can't wait to.........interesting info on the illustrations!! Thanx
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