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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409532712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409532712
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Grahame was born in Scotland in 1859. After the death of his mother he was sent to live with his grandparents in Berkshire and attended school in Oxford. On leaving school he worked at the Bank of England and also wrote articles and stories which he submitted to many publications.

He married in 1899 and had a son, Alastair. His best-known story, The Wind in the Willows, was published in 1908. After the sudden death of his son, Grahame was grief-stricken and became reclusive. He died in 1932 and is buried in Oxford.

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- "It is a book that breaks nearly every rule of modern children's fiction... it wasn't about fairies at the bottom of the garden, but it was about magic -- just the right kind of magic. It thrills me still to read it." --Shirley Hughes, "The Times"

Usborne are widely known for their very popular range of abridged classics... Chunky and complete with clear print and colour illustrations, these should appeal to those parents and grandparents keen to encourage children to encounter past great reads in their entirety. With this very approachable and palatable format there is a good chance they will succeed. --Sonia Benster, The Children's Bookshop

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KENNETH GRAHAME was born in Edinburgh on March 8, 1859. He was brought up by his grandmother and spent much of his time exploring the woods and wildlife near his home, but was also a gifted scholar and captain of the school rugby team. He was sent to work in a bank, which he disliked, but it was while he was working there that he began writing, and soon became a successful author." The Wind in the Willows" is based on letters and bedtime stories that Graham thought up for his son, Alistair, who was nicknamed 'Mouse'. A neighbour convinced Kenneth that he should turn the stories into a book, but when he did, it was rejected by all publishers except one. It wasn't until the then President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, said how much he loved the book that readers began to take notice. After that, "The Wind in the Willows" became a bestseller, and was even turned into a play with the help of A.A. Milne, the author of the "Winnie the Pooh" stories. Kenneth Grahame retired from the bank in the year "The Wind in the Willows" was published, and he died in 1932.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela Craggs on 12 Oct 2013
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Very attractive little book which was given as a present for a baby. I received many favourable comments about the gift which will still be giving pleasure for many years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Kearns on 25 Jun 2013
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I love this story . My Father was given this book when he was 10 Years of Age ( 66 Years ago) . He gave me this book when I was 10 Years of Age and I have continued this tradition. It is a beautiful story of true friendship capturing the many and varied types of people you will meet in life through the characters of this book. This book appeals to the both Child and adult and the child within all of us. This edition is beautifully illustrated - a keepsake to be handed down through generations.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tinksjane VINE VOICE on 22 Nov 2012
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I bought this for my 9 year old son and I to read together. The story being much more of a traditional tale than books that are more modern of today and it was so refreshing! I found myself occassionally having to explain the way the wording in the book was written to my son but he enjoyed it because of this, encouraging communication between us and the story. The book is gorgeous its a small thick book which has a padded hardback front and back cover, typeset is for children from around my sons age of 9 and up (in my opinion/experience) and ideal for adults too and of course to read aloud to your children. The pictures throughout the book are very good, beautiful infact and gives the book a nice atmospheric feel. Pictures are not on every page, but scattered about the book. I cant recommend it enough as its a beautiful book, and would make a lovely gift idea too. I know my son keeps telling me that he really loves the book so he would recommend it too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Gordon on 19 Nov 2013
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Bought this together with a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from the same series and cannot rate them highly enough!

Every Christmas we buy Hardback editions of "Classic" stories for our grandaughter, who is an avid reader now aged 8. We write a message and the date on the inside cover and hope that she will enjoy and look back on them for years to come... So far we've bought all the Beatrix Potter and Rupert Bear, and this year she said she would like a copy of the Wind in the Willows, hence this purchase. Found "Alice" at the same time and can report that one is just beautiful as well.

The book is a beautiful size, just about A5, and although quite thick, is a great size for a child to hold and read independently - something I think always needs to be a consideration as we have been caught out in the past with very large books that were unwieldy for a child to read alone if they wished. (I wish the listings would show the actual size/weight of the book, this is my only criticism of Amazon).

The quality is fantastic - the paper is thick, beautifully printed and illustrated, and even the inside cover has a rich red and white pattern which suggests it cost far more than it actually did. There is a ribbon page marker too.

Overall a gorgeous book which I can highly recommend, especially if looking for something that may be treasured for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bushra Begum on 1 Feb 2014
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This Edition is so beautifully presented and would make such a wonderful gift for anyone. It contains all the short stories in one volume.

The text is just the right size and the illustrations are beautiful and wonderful to look at. The book itself is a hardback and comes with a padded cover to the front and back, which makes this edition so worth the money and would look great on anyone's bookshelf.
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct 2014
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In this wonderfully nostalgic book, based on Kenneth Graham's own childhood, Mr Mole gets fed up with spring cleaning and takes a day off. He meets Mr Rat and is captivated by his lifestyle. He decides to move in with him and meets other fascinating characters - such as Mr Badger, Mr Toad and the otter, as well as the villainous weasels and stoats of the wild wood and their ruler, the Chief Weasel. There are really two books in one - the comic story of Toad and the beautiful story of Ratty and Mole's experiences on the river, the two stories converging when the creatures of the wild wood occupy Toad Hall and have to be ejected.
This is an absolutely wonderful book, beautifully written and completely absorbing, and this is a beautiful edition of it. Like other great children's books, it tells the truth about the human condition better than any adult book could do. It makes you laugh and cry and also makes you think and feel in a new way. Marvellous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie on 30 Dec 2013
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This was bought as a gift for two young grandchildren and all indications are that it was a successful purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laurri on 29 Dec 2013
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Loved as a child and bought for a family member. Beautiful illustrations and you become enticed from the first page into the adventures of your favourite characters. Wonderful from beginning to end :)
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