Wind in the Willows

ISBN-10: 1593082657

ISBN-13: 9781593082659

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When Mole decides he has had enough tiresome spring-cleaning for one day, the scrappy nonesuch throws down his broom and bolts out of his house looking for fun and adventure. He quickly finds it in the form of the Water Rat, who takes the wide-eyed Mole boating and introduces him to the mysteries of life on the river and in the Wild Wood. Mole also meets Ratty's good friends: the kindly, solid Badger and the irrepressible Toad. Soon, the quartet's escapades--including car crashes, a sojourn in jail, and a battle with the weasels who try to take over Toad Hall--become the talk of the animal kingdom. Filled with familiar human types disguised as animals, Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows," like all exemplary children's literature, has always appealed greatly to grown-ups as well. Though first published in 1908, when "motor-cars" were new and rare, "The Wind in the Willows" presents surprisingly contemporary--and uproariously funny--portraits of speed-crazed Mr. Toad, generous Badger, poetic Ratty, and newly-emancipated Mole. And lurking all the while within the humor and good spirits, Grahame's deeply felt commentary on courage, generosity, and above all, friendship.
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Book details

List price: $9.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on March 3, 1859. When he was five years old, his mother died of scarlet fever and he nearly died himself, of the same disease. His father became an alcoholic and sent the children to Berkshire to live with relatives. They were later reunited with their father, but after a failed year, the children never heard from him again. Sometime later, one of his brothers died at the age of fifteen. He attended St. Edward's School as a child and intended to go on to Oxford University, but his relatives wanted him to go into banking. He worked in his uncle's office, in Westminster, for two years then went to work at the Bank of England as a clerk in 1879. He spent nearly thirty years there and became the Secretary of the Bank at the age of thirty-nine. He retired from the bank right before The Wind in the Willows was published in 1908. He wrote essays on topics that included smoking, walking and idleness. Many of the essays were published as the book Pagan Papers (1893) and the five orphan characters featured in the papers were developed into the books The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). The Wind in the Willows (1908) was based on bedtime stories and letters to his son and it is where the characters Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad were created. In 1930, Milne's stage version was brought to another audience in Toad of Toad Hall. Grahame died on July 6, 1932.

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