One of the best-known classics of children's literature, a timeless masterpiece and a vital portrait of an age, The Wind in the Willows began originally in Kenneth Grahame's letters to his young son, where he first recounted the adventures of Rat and Badger, of Mole and Toad--all narrated in virtuoso language ranging from lively parody to ...Read MoreOne of the best-known classics of children's literature, a timeless masterpiece and a vital portrait of an age, The Wind in the Willows began originally in Kenneth Grahame's letters to his young son, where he first recounted the adventures of Rat and Badger, of Mole and Toad--all narrated in virtuoso language ranging from lively parody to elaborate fin-de-siA]cle mysticism. Yet for a children's book, it is concerned almost exclusively with adult themes: fear of radical changes in political, social, and economic power. This new edition considers this conundrum and provides a wealth of fascinating contextual information about the book's author and its historical, cultural, and literary significance. The Introduction by Peter Hunt, one of the foremost scholars of children's literature, focuses on the book's status as a classic, and as both a self-portrait of Kenneth Grahame's psyche and a portrait of an age. Reproducing the text of the first British edition, the book includes explanatory notes that shed light on the sources of the book--biographical, psychological, geographical, and literary--and an up-to-date bibliography.Read Less
'The Wind in the Willows'... ah! A perfectly lovely read that families should be enjoying by their fireside. The animals in the story will become your closest friends. What a joy to watch their antics unfold! Especially Toad... poor, misguided Toad.
The one thing I could have done without? There was a certain word that the author used on several occasions throughout the story. I was quite shocked to find it in a children's book, but, oh well.
To Ratty and Moley: I do hope you'll both visit me again sometime. If only I could visit the River Thames...
Nov 29, 2012
A brilliant classic
We have enjoyed this book for decades, having read it every year to our kids, and we hope the next generation will love it as much. We quote from it frequently, and still think of our youngest son as a Mr. Toad, though he has vastly improved in most ways. My husband is Mr. Badger, and I am a combination of Ratty, Mole, and Otter. "Hang spring cleaning!" Oh, bother, someone has to pick up this mess. Linda Owens
Oct 13, 2011
My daughter has a library of WIND IN THE WILLOWS, which she began accidentally and then when we became aware, pursued with a bit of intelligence. This particular book, although not rare, is lovely. The store got me the book efficiently and in good order. I recommend this store and this book.
Sep 14, 2011
Four Friends With Very Different Personalities
Written in 1908, The Wind in the Willows portrays the friendship of four animals that live on the River Bank and in the Wild Wood in England. While these animals are loyal friends, they possess very different character traits. Mole is sensitive and sensible. Rat is tactful and good-natured. Mr. Badger is wise and aloof. Mr. Toad is clever, flighty, impulsive--and obsessed with motorcars. Author Kenneth Grahame has done an excellent job with character development in this book. Also, the plentiful use of metaphors and skillful utilization of personification make for vivid visual imagery; readers can sense the change in seasons as they move through the book. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read and I highly recommend it.
May 12, 2011
Exactly as Ordered
The order shipped and arrived quicker than I expected and was exactly as represented.
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