I never dreamed that I would like this book. I'm in a book club and this was the choice for the month, so I plunged right into it thinking I would hate it, BUT even today, I think of Toad with a smile. He's such a wild character. If you're interested in reading classics this is a must read and one that I think I'll want to read to my children. It's fun, whimsical, and again, love that crazy Toad.
I had not read this classic as a child, so now I am trying to catch up. I really enjoyed reading about the relationships and adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Mr. Toad. Some of the stories reminded me of the Redwall series, although not quite as adventurous. There were a few altercations between "good" animals and "bad"; and, as in Redwall, the weasels are on the side of the "bad"; but, like the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, there were also humorous and homely situations, as well as stories of lasting friendships. I especially liked reading the descriptions of each animal's home and the trips along the river. Mr. Toad is not to be believed, with his shananigans and wild ideas! I truly recommend this book to adults and children, alike.
Finding the secret of the wind is hard enough without Mole wandering off into the Wild Wood and getting caught in a snowstorm or Toad stealing motorcars and landing in jail. Between practical Water Rat and wise old Badger, the four of them manage, after many great adventures and much laughter, to settle down to a quiet roar with an understanding of the wind's song and the Wild wood.
It's a true classic! No matter how old you are It will take you back to a time in your childhood when everything was possible..If you believed the animals could talk and lived a life of adventure then you will enjoy this book...Well worth reading..
The Wind In The Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, is a series of tales about the adventures of young Mr. Mole, as he ventures from his home below ground for the first time, to the sights and sounds of the ground above.
Journey with Mole, as he ceomes upon his first river and meets his first Water Rat, who takes Mole on a trip down the river on a raft. Venture into the Wild Wood with Mole and visit Mr. Badger's home in the ground. Travel with the pompous Toad, whose passions for mororcars gets him into lots of trouble! Finally, join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad as they make battle plans to recapture Toad Hall from the weasels, ferrets and skunks that have taken over Toad's home.
Underscored with sound effects and original music, these stories will delight the imagination of children of all ages!
Truly a classic. The prose is poetic and effusively descriptive but my ten year old son enjoyed the story. Although he had to stop several times when reading to ask what a word meant due to it being written by a British author more than 50 years ago that made it an educational experience as well.
This is a classic children's book, but I'm glad I read it before giving it to my young girls to read. I was shocked to discover a swear word in the very first chapter!! Therefore, I would not recommend this book at all.
Okay, I read this because it's a classic. It's a child's tale that will teach your children that stealing, breaking out of jail, stealing again, and tricking people are just fine. There are no female characters, or any notice that females are a real part of life. Three characters are good, good, always good, and have all they want in life, although they never work or hunt. The rich guy has all kinds of privilege, inherited, and at the end, is made to apologize for his bad behavior, but is not punished. Ridiculous that this is still considered acceptable reading.
Age Range: 9 to 12
This edition, illustrated by Michael Foreman, 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". 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.
From the Publisher
Kenneth Grahame's exuberant yet whimsical The Wind in the Willows belongs to the golden age of children's classic novels. These charming, exciting and humorous tales of the riverbank and its life featuring the wonderfully imagined Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible but conceited Toad of Toad Hall whose passion for motor cars ("The only way to travel! Here today in next week tomorrow") lands him in many scrapes still continue exert their charm over adults as well as children.
One of American Literature's most loved novels, this is a story of family, of hope, of dreams, and of growing up as four devoted sisters search fro romance and find maturity in Civil-War era 19th century New England.