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The Wind in the Willows Hardcover – Abridged, September 15, 2003
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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Previously published in two volumes, The River Bank (1996) and The Adventures of Mr. Toad (1998), Moore's intelligently abridged edition of Grahame's classic is now available in a single large-format volume. The relatively large print, the wide margins, and the beautiful ink-and-pastel artwork on nearly every page make this version a good choice for middle-grade independent readers put off by the original or for parents in search of a pleasing edition to read aloud to younger children. Carolyn Phelan
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[A]n elegantly designed volume ready to take its rightful place on any child's bookshelf.
Grahame's early-20th-century classic is enhanced by lovely watercolor illustrations that provide a contemporary and packed-with-charisma accompaniment. ... Ranging from small vignettes to full-bleed double pages, the artwork embellishes almost every spread, engaging independent readers and reeling in younger listeners with entertaining antics, gentle humor, and genial affection.
—School Library Journal
There's a lot of humor in [Roberts'] offbeat artwork, and he does a fine job of conveying the warmth and coziness of the worlds within the legendary riverbank and Wild Wood of the novel. ... It's a well-designed book (not surprising, coming from Candlewick as it does), and it would lend itself well to a parent-child one-on-one reading, especially as an introduction to the famous tale.
—Kirkus Reviews Online
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I had forgotten the whole story about Mr Toad dressing up like a washerwoman to make his escape. Mr Toad uses this thin disguise to gain pity from passersby, but of course, before long, his true colors (and his arrogance) are showing. Mr Toad just cannot help himself--he has to take over the motor car and--the power is just too much for him to resist.
There doesn't seem to be any illustrations at all in this great story--that would have been a nice touch.
For an example of a nicely illustrated edition, see The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Note: No one asked me to write a good review; however, I confess I have a ceramic sculpture of "Toad Hall" on my desk at work.
Overall this is a lovely read for adults and children. Just be aware about the illustrations.