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The Willows in Winter (Tales of the Willows) Paperback – November 15, 1996
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I admire Horwood's efforts to replicate the world of Toad et al as well as his chutzpah, and am sufficiently impressed to recommend this book to anyone else who has fond memories of reading "The Wind in the Willows" under the covers with a flashlight as a kid. It's not the original, but it's a nice addition.
Apparently, he was inspired after acquiring in 1992, several of E.H. Shepard's original illustrations for Grahame's 1908 classic, The Wind In The Willows. Observing them in his study, they began to take on a life of their own... and then "One day, quite unexpectedly (though the drawing had not changed at all), it seemed to me that Mole was off on a journey rather different than his original one. True, he had set off from the same comfortable home he loved so much, but now he was no longer heading towards the comfort and safety of Badger's house, but instead towards the River - the frozen River - and towards disaster. The story of The Willows In Winter had begun."
This is a great book that will appeal to young and old alike. It's full of the perils and consequences of misadventure, the peace and calm of friendly reunion and the importance of forgiveness. Oh ya, and a hilariously inebriated Toad!
I find it funny that Horwood is sometimes criticized for keeping the characters so similar to what they were in the original story. Isn't that what a good sequel does? Keeps things consistent, but brings them further along the road?
In summary, it's nice to check in on old friends, but you can't go home again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful classical style and is a great sequel to the original Wind In the Willows. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by maryann jones
I had already read this book and wanted a copy of my own. This one is my favorite of the Wm. Horwood books.Published 3 months ago by library dad
If you loved The Wind in the Willows, this book is, finally, the perfect sequel. In tone, substance and story, a match for the classic original. Enjoy!Published 19 months ago by Agawam Hunt
I'm a big fan of William Horwood and The Wind in the Willows, and he was commissioned to carry on the Willows world which he does very well. A very good read.Published 19 months ago by Lauren Hotchkiss
I don't know how people can criticize this sequel. It is excellent - 90% as entertaining and endearing as the original Wind in the Willows. Read morePublished 23 months ago by butterchern
A delight to read! Same rich language, same folksy descriptions, same boastful Toad! I really enjoyed this book, never thinking the original could possibly be equaled, but it... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by M. Reed
I read this book years ago, before I was really old enough to have much literary taste. At the time, I thought it was just as good as The Wind in the Willows and was sorry to... Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Hobbit Wannabe