- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 1 and up
- Hardcover: 191 pages
- Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (J) (June 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851456031
- ISBN-13: 978-1851456031
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,361 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,144,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wind in the Willows
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Inspired by correspondence from Wind in the Willow's author Kenneth Grahame to his young son, award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman took up paint and brush to follow Mole, Ratty, Mr. Badger, and Toad through another edition of this well-loved kids classic.
Grahame's time-honored story, an adventure-filled idyll that meanders across a lovingly described English countryside, cemented its status as a masterpiece generations ago. But this newest edition adds some noteworthy extras: the unabridged text includes two chapters that don't appear in some modern versions ("The Pipers at the Gates of Dawn" and "Wayfarers All"), and the book closes with reproductions of two of Grahame's actual letters to his son Alistair ("My darling Mouse") in 1907, written on ornate, old-timey stationery from two Cornwall hotels and recounting one of Toad's first adventures (which Toad fans will recognize as the train-assisted escape of a certain "washerwoman").
These inclusions alone might merit a new edition, but Foreman's illustrations stand shoulder to shoulder with those of previous Winds artists (among them Ernest Shepard, the original illustrator, and Arthur Rackham, both of whom Foreman modestly stands "in awe" of). The lively, full-color illustrations appear generously throughout the book, as they convincingly capture both the story's small moments (like the washerwoman's weeping, for one) and more explosive events (like the storming of Toad Hall). (All ages) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Mary Jane Begin illustrates the classic story of Mole, Badger, Rat and Toad, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Each chapter opens with a vignette and includes a full-page painting of a dramatic moment in the proceedings. All ages.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
There is a lot that could be drawn from this classic novel -- the adventurous Rat who shows Rat the whole world that is out there; the foolish and impulsive Toad; the stoic Badger.
I recently listened to this via audio, and the legendary Ralph Cosham (of Louise Penny fame) was the narrator. He did an excellent job -- highly recommended!
I noticed another reviewer use the word "Zen" while describing this book, and he is absolutely right -- it's just a delightful, peaceful, and fun story to fall into... and to read time and time again. No matter how many times you need them and reread them, the animals in the woods will always be there for you.
Full of lovely imagery of a river and its local inhabitants, this is a light fun read. Try it, then watch Disney's"The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) to see how it compares.
Having re-read it, I now know what bothered me. This book really isn't for kids at all. It's mature--not "mature" in a "bad" sense, but mature in the way it looks at the world. Characters have experiences that I think only an adult would completely comprehend--such as Rat's sudden wanderlust. Additionally, I think I was trying to find a point to it, but there's really no such thing. There's a light overarching story arc revolving around Toad's motorcar shenanigans, but that's as close as it gets. Most of the time it's a meandering series of short stories about animals farting around in a forest.
But what a fun fart-about it is! It is spectacularly well written--I am in awe of Grahame's prose--and includes lovable characters, great dialogue, and hilarious asides. The human mannerisms of the animals are charming, and it's quite funny to think of them as proper English gentlemen. The icing on the cake is Grahame's loving descriptions of nature and all the life that lives in it.
So many elements make this story precious and unique. It stands the test of time with ease. Please give it a chance! I think you'll really enjoy it!