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The Wind in the Willows (Sterling Illustrated Classics) Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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I was NOT disappointed. Toad was just as cantankerous and difficult as ever. Badger, Rat and Mole were just as supportive - just as memorable. Badger is unpredictable but protective (and sometimes mean). Mole is timid and shy. Rat is courageous and romantic. And who could ever forget those dreadful gun-toting weasels, ferrets and stoats glorying in their take-over of Toad Hall? Wind in the Willows is a true masterpiece of allegory with endless moral lessons disguised as a children's story. It is also a lesson in things long-forgotten... the glory of floating noiselessly down a river at dawn, past loosestrife, willowherb, bulrushes and meadowsweet. How many of us have even heard of these meadow plants, never mind seen them. But it doesn't matter, because it evokes nostalgia either for things long-forgotten or for things never-known.
At a child's level, Wind in the Willows is about friendship and about life in an imagined world centered around the river. At a less innocent level, Wind in the Willows draws many parallels with life, though Kenneth Grahame managed to avoid preaching his lessons. Not the least of Graham's parables is that 'the bigger they are, the harder they fall' because Toad is as egotistical and as self-important as they come until being thrown in jail for 'borrowing' a car.Read more ›
The content is entirely suitable for kids. The prose is a pleasure to read out loud and creates such pictures in one's imagination. And it's funny, too (the scene where Toad is nearly struck down by a car, which he has never seen before, and decides he MUST have one is absolutely hysterical.)
If you are starting a reading-out-loud program at home, this should be at the top of your list. I'd also add Swiss Family Robinson to that list. I have wonderful memories of my teachers and parents reading these books to me. Why not give your kids the same lasting delight in good literature, reading and family fun.
Note: suitable for grades 4-8 and the writing is somewhat complex, so some 4th graders will find it a rough go.
First off, Wind in the Willows is a beautifully written tale, as many others here have already told. So well written, it is, that some people believe it shouldn't be illustated at all. However, as an artist, I am not in that camp. I appreciate a person willing to render 2D or 3D life to the written word. What a task!
This is a book which one can pick it up and put it down as one wishes. We sometimes read our favorite bits over and over. Grahame's writing is perfection, and we voice his characters for fun sometimes. There's a silly claymation television series that was done in the 1980s if you want to show the kids the t.v. version after you've read it to them. It was available on Netflix - not sure if it still is.
Also, for 'purists', fyi, this is the book in its unabridged form (the original full length tale).
For those looking for the abridged version, with lovely illustrations, check out the version with Inga Moore as illustrator. Moore has illustrated a version of The Secret Garden which is also lovely.
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When I was a child I learned to read at the age of 3! Nobody forced it on me, I just learned it. Since then, I think I've read a few thousand books! Or very close! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer joni
Lovely book! The cover and illustrations are impressive and the quality of paper is nice. This made a great gift.Published 7 days ago by Travelgal
When you can find this version - this is the one with the BEST illustrations.Published 8 days ago by Salmon Brook
(The book is a classic, which I won't spend time reviewing here. Instead I'll be reviewing specifically this edition)
First off, this book is NOT abridged, contrary to... Read more
My only previous exposure to The Wind in the Willows comes from Disney's animated film The Adventures of Mr. Toad and the Disneyland attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Chris
A classic, still fun for adults with a bit of child left in them.Published 20 days ago by Geoff Cole
oh brings back such wonderful memories from 75 years ago, I am passing these on to a small grandson.Published 1 month ago by Florence