ALMA.CO.UK BOOK BLURB: Depicting the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger and the pretentious Mr Toad, The Wind in the Willows sees these four animals getting into all sorts of trouble as they wander along the river, through the Wild Wood and around the grand Toad Hall.
Adapted for the stage by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall, and recreated for film and TV numerous times, Kenneth Grahame’s tale has been an essential part of every English child’s formative reading for over a century, with new generations of readers succumbing to its charm, wit and wonder.
FIRST SENTENCE (CHAPTER ONE): The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The book was passed on to two young readers of my acquaintance before I could make a note of my Memorable Moment but I do remember my childhood favourite moments involved Mr Toad. TT
SOURCE: Received from Alma Books. Buy a copy by clicking here or, for amazon.co.uk, by clicking on the book title.
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MY THOUGHTS: Another one of my childhood favourites (and indeed one of the few books I've read and re-read as an adult countless times since then) lovingly re-published as part of Alma's Classics collection.
Whether this be an old favourite of yours or your a new-comer to the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and co, whether your a parent/grandparent revisiting the river bank with a child or indeed a child exploring it for the first time by yourself, whether your enjoying it as merely a story of everyday country folk or as a homily to the bond of friendship or, indeed, as a parable about class struggle/social order, once read the Willows and its motley collection of wonderful characters will never be forgotten.
Yes, I could write any numbers of adjectives to sum up my enjoyment of the book. Yes, reading it over the years, I grew to realise just how many insights into the human condition there were ... Mr Toad and his mid-life crisis, Ratty and his mild depression - I could go on. However, the one thing that remains a constant is just how gloriously whimsical the whole thing is.