The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the WillowsThis is a charming story which begins with Mole industriously doing his spring cleaning. Suddenly he realizes that he is missing spring because he has been so busy! He leaves his work and sets out on a stroll through the wonderful, awakening fields. It is his good fortune to come upon the river and to meet Water Rat who introduces him to the joys of boating, picnicking and fellowship. Through Ratty, Mole also meets Mr. Toad and Mr. Badger. Mr. Badger lives in the Wild Wood and Mole is very lucky to survive the adventure when he seeks him out without waiting for Ratty to go with him into the dangerous wood. Mr. Toad is rich and lives in a mansion, Toad Hall. Of all the friends, Mr. Toad is the most exuberant , charming and troublesome. He becomes quite overtaken with enthusiasms! His enthusiasm for a horse-drawn cart is forgotten when Toad is run off the road by a motor-car! He is ecstatic and must have one for himself. Unfortunately, Mr. Toad does not always show good judgment. His friends love him for his good nature, his love of parties, his ability to tell a good story and his sense of fun and adventure. However, he is not level headed. He is spoiled and willful and ends up in quite a bit of trouble over his love of the motor-car. In the end, Badger convinces the friends that they must reform Toad for his own good. You will enjoy their adventures together on the river and in the Wild Wood and their gallant efforts to reclaim Toad Hall when it is overrun by villainous stoats and weasels.

A good book to read to children 6 to 8 years old and a good read for older children who like old-fashioned fantasy and adventure.

Posted by: Fran W.

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