Wind-in-the-Willows Slipcased Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006
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Mole "thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before--this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again." Such is the cautious, agreeable Mole's first introduction to the river and the "Life Adventurous". Emerging from his home at Mole End one spring, his whole world changes when he hooks up with the good-natured, boat-loving Water Rat, the boastful Toad of Toad Hall, the society-hating Badger who lives in the frightening Wild Wood, and countless other (mostly) well-meaning creatures. Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has enchanted readers for four generations, and this lavishly illustrated gift edition is perhaps the finest around. (All ages, or 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"It is what I call a Household Book . . . a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; a book which is read aloud to every new guest."
-A. A. Milne
" It is what I call a Household Book . . . a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; a book which is read aloud to every new guest."
- A. A. Milne
“It is what I call a Household Book . . . a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; a book which is read aloud to every new guest.”
–A. A. Milne
It is what I call a Household Book . . . a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; a book which is read aloud to every new guest.
A. A. Milne" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Should be read on a summers afternoon sitting by a river or in a wood.
Compulsory reading for children (up to the age of 90) in my view
I read this to a very young friend only recently. I'm not sure which of the two of us enjoyed the story more.
I had forgotten what a wonderful, magical world Ratty, Toad & Mole live in.
We both had a lovely time sharing their adventures.
said, about this children's classic story.
I am a collector of the numerous illustrators of
this book, its many abridgements and adaptations.
So far I have 38 different books by 35 different
illustrators. (To date, I have discovered 84
different illustrators so I have a long way to go,
though I do have most of the best-known ones -
Rackham, Shephard, Adrienne Adams, Tasha Tudor,
Michael Hague, Don Daily, John Burningham.)
This edition happens to be among my favorites.
And one of the reasons is that, except for the
gipsy caravan, Foreman does not appear to have "borrowed" other illustrators' ideas of how
the Wild Wood, The River, Toad Hall, and the
various other places and things within them look.
His vision is his own. There is also a softness to the illustrations that I have come to appreciate after seeing so many rather garish ones from some of the less talented artists.
Bonuses are notes about the author (which I
have found in a couple of other editions) and a
copy of letters to the author's son for whom
the book was originally written (which I have not seen previously), and a note from the Illustrator
Foreman which explains his inspiration.
It's a beautiful book, with illustrations on nearly every page spread....
I give it 5 stars.
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.
I don't know the first lines of many books off by heart, but TWITW is such an immediate and engaging tale that there's no choice other than to fall neatly in step with Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad straight away, and to stay there, if you're lucky for the rest of your life. I first read this when I was 7 or 8 and have revisited it many many times. To call it a children's book (and it's the greatest of all children's books) is to do it a massive disservice, for it is much much more than that.
I envy anyone picking it up for the first time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started to read again as an adult, and this was one of the first books I re-read. Absolutely brilliant and found it hard to put down. Read morePublished 1 day ago by CentricMalteser
The animals vary in size through out the story and eat the wrong things and where did their money come from?Published 8 days ago by chris atkin
Just read again as a 46 year old as remember the characters but not the story or the writing style. Good nostalgia hit. A classic.Published 9 days ago by Matt W
'The Wind in the Willows' is yet another childhood classic that I'm reading as part of my module 'Classics of British Children's Literature' for second year uni. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love it, my son loved it and listened to it over, and over, and over again on long journeys. Husband (who is Spanish and to be honest couldn't understand what a toad and rat and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carol Diez