- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 660 (What's this?)
- Series: Puffin Classics
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; 58175th edition (March 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014132113X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141321134
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,338 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wind in the Willows (Puffin Classics) Paperback – March 27, 2008
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"[Mole] thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before--this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again." Such is the cautious, agreeable Mole's first introduction to the river and the Life Adventurous. Emerging from his home at Mole End one spring, his whole world changes when he hooks up with the good-natured, boat-loving Water Rat, the boastful Toad of Toad Hall, the society- hating Badger who lives in the frightening Wild Wood, and countless other mostly well-meaning creatures. Michael Hague's exquisitely detailed, breathtaking color illustrations on almost every generous spread--along with Kenneth Grahame's elegant, delightfully old-fashioned characterizations of the animals--make this book a wonderful read-aloud. Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has enchanted readers for four generations, and this lavishly illustrated gift edition is perhaps the finest around. (All ages, or 9 to 12)
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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.
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I would probably have preferred an edition with the illustrations by E.H. Shepard or Arthur Rackham (although the former would be more appropriate for someone who is six. However, neither of those editions was available on Amazon at less than collector's prices.
The most dismaying thing in my search for this book is the number of abridged versions for sale, which I believe to be unconscionable. I can well imagine those sections of the book that a modern editor / publisher might feel "superfluous," particularly for young readers. Well, if someone finds a chapter tedious, skip over it. It's not like that won't be necessary later in life, and with any number of other books.
Chris MacDonnell as narrator is an excellent choice, his character's speaking voices are so perfect. Mole is voiced as a slightly self-deprecating creature, but his voice strengthens as he grows wiser later in the book. Badger is a big gruff voiced animal, and Toad is voiced just as a toad should be, with a slight nasally tone that comes from not having a proper nose. MacDonnell gives little touches to the story like chuckles and car horns, they fit right in.
I was provided a copy of the audiobook by Chris MacDonnell in exchange for an honest review. I really think this audiobook would be perfect for a nostalgic adult or to play for a child as a bedtime story.
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.