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The Wind in The Willows Paperback – December 21, 2014
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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.
The story itself is as wonderful and magical as always. Though it is slightly abridged, the abridgment is done carefully and well. Nothing essential is missing, and most of the original text has been preserved.
And the illustrations are just stunning. There are images on many, if not most, pages, so there is plenty to catch and hold the attention. Even more importantly the tone of the illustrations is just right: comforting and warm, with great attention to detail. I really feel, as an adult looking at this version, that I am transported amidst the Willows. This is a book beloved by myself and my husband, and also by our daughter: a true classic for all ages.