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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)
This reviews refers to ISBN 0805002138. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 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.