The wind in the willows

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Purnell, 1984 - Juvenile Fiction - 194 pages
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The escapades of four friends, Rat, Toad, Mole and Badger, as they explore the English countryside and waterways.

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What a sweet, lovely listen! Somehow I managed to totally miss this when I was a child. Even with my waning interest in kid lit, this darling tale captivated me. There's adventure and silliness seasoned well with kind friendship. Read full review

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Five reasons why I love Wind in the Willows 1. Playfulness: It’s pure delight when Mole decides to drop his spring cleaning and begin to enjoy a day of rest and play and leisure in the company of his ... Read full review


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The Open Road
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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.

Val was born Balint Stephen Biro, in the city of Budapest, in Hungary, on the 6th October 1921. He attended a small primary school till he was eleven, when he entered a large school of seven hundred pupils run by the monks of the Cistercian order. It was one of the three great monastic schools of Hungary. The politics of the mid thirties, dominated by the rise of Nazism and Fascism slowly came to increasingly influence the people of Hungary and Val's father, recognizing what was happening, arranged in 1939, for his eighteen year old son to go to London to study art. Val never saw his father again. Val hero worshipped his father who sadly died in 1944 only two days before the Gestapo called to arrest him as a political suspect. Val left for England in July 1939, and stayed at Polperro with the McCloy family whose son had spent the previous summer with the Biro's in Budapest. Val was required to register in September as an 'Enemy Alien' with the police. Val Biro lives in West Sussex with his wife. He was born in Hungary and trained as an artist in Budapest before coming to London to study at the Central School. He worked in publishing before coming a freelance illustrator and starting this popular series. Val designed 30 book cover illustrations for Nigel Tranter's, 'Scotlands Storyteller', books between 1951 and 1980.

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