The Wind in the Willows

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Collector's Library, 2012 - Fiction - 264 pages
The Collector's Colour Library takes the favourite illustrated titles of The Collector's Library and presents them in full colour. Original colour illustrations are faithfully reproduced, and where illustrations and decorations were originally black-and-white they have been sensitively coloured by Barbara Frith, one of Britain's most accomplished colourists. One of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children, The Wind in the Willows follows Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger from one adventure to the next - in gipsy caravans, stolen sports cars, to prison and back to the Wild Wood. A story of animal cunning and human camaraderie, this remains a timeless tale more than 100 years after its publication. There are sixteen full colour pictures by Arthur Rackham. Barbara Frith has coloured the chapter headings.
 

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I really wanted to love this book. It started off well, but it just started feeling like a chore to read. With just another 50 pages to read, I can't get motivated to finish. Was there some reason why there weren't any female animals/characters? Read full review

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The Wind in the Willows opens in a bucolic way, as Mole ventures out from home and meets up with Rat, and the two gentlemanly country animals become fast friends. Soon Badger is added to their troop ... Read full review

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Contents

The River Bank
13
The Open Road
31
The Wild Wood
49
Mr Badger
67
Dulce Domum
86
Mr Toad
108
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
127
Toads Adventures
143
Wayfarers All
162
The Further Adventures of Toad
186
Like Summer Tempests Came his Tears
210
The Return of Ulysses
235
Afterword
255
Further Reading
264
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About the author (2012)

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford, but family circumstances prevented him from entering Oxford University. He joined the Bank of England as a gentleman clerk in 1879, rising to become the Bank's Secretary in 1898. He wrote a series of short stories, married Elspeth Thomson in 1899 and their only child, Alistair, was born a year later. He left the Bank in 1908, the year that The Wind in the Willows was published. Though not an immediate success, by the time of Grahame's death in 1932 it was recognised as a children's classic.

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