The Wind in the Willows

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Wordsworth Editions, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 302 pages
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A children's classic comes to life in an enchanting dramatization narratedby Alan Bennett. Enter the world of the great river and meet the marvelousriverbank animals: the poetic Rat, his friend Mole, and the boastful Toad, asthey voyage down the river and into the Wild Wood to great adventures! Thisexclusive BBC production features a full cast, authentic sound effects andsweeping music to warm hearts young and old.
  

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

This is such an engaging rendition, with the text and illustrations harmonizing happily, I decided to own it. I understand that Philpot has more illustrations for the extended story, and I want them too. Read full review

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

Not worth the cheap paer it's printed on. Pedestrian adaptation and muddy black and white illustrations are very derivative. Shame. Read full review

Contents

ONE The River Bank
11
TWO The Open Road
25
THREE The Wild Wood
39
FOUR MrBadger
53
s EVEN The Piper at the Gates
97
EIGHT Toads Adventures
109
NINE Wayfarers All
124
of Toad
142
ELEVEN Like Summer Tempests
160
TWELVE The Return of Ulysses
178
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About the author (1992)

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on March 3, 1859. When he was five years old, his mother died of scarlet fever and he nearly died himself, of the same disease. His father became an alcoholic and sent the children to Berkshire to live with relatives. They were later reunited with their father, but after a failed year, the children never heard from him again. Sometime later, one of his brothers died at the age of fifteen. He attended St. Edward's School as a child and intended to go on to Oxford University, but his relatives wanted him to go into banking. He worked in his uncle's office, in Westminster, for two years then went to work at the Bank of England as a clerk in 1879. He spent nearly thirty years there and became the Secretary of the Bank at the age of thirty-nine. He retired from the bank right before The Wind in the Willows was published in 1908. He wrote essays on topics that included smoking, walking and idleness. Many of the essays were published as the book Pagan Papers (1893) and the five orphan characters featured in the papers were developed into the books The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). The Wind in the Willows (1908) was based on bedtime stories and letters to his son and it is where the characters Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad were created. In 1930, Milne's stage version was brought to another audience in Toad of Toad Hall. Grahame died on July 6, 1932.

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