The Wind in the Willows

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Collector's Library, 2012 - Fiction - 264 pages
.0000000000When Mole tires of spring-cleaning his home, he takes a stroll to the riverbank. There he meets a new friend, Ratty, who introduces him to the delightful world of the river and all its residents. Beyond the river, which has now lured Mole away from home, lies the Wild Wood, where the reclusive Badger has made his home. The three animals become firm friends that winter when Ratty and Mole take refuge from the snow in Badgers house. Together they have many thrilling adventures with the irrepressible Mr Toad, who, try as he might, simply cannot help getting into trouble. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, with an Afterword by David Stuart Davies
 

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I managed to avoid somehow or other reading the complete Wind in the Willows until I was well into adulthood. Of course, it is probably impossible to escape bits of it such as Ratty's wise words ... Read full review

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Inga Morre’s Illustrations are add so much to these classic stories and her abridged version is a treat to read aloud. 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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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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