True story: A few months before I got around to rereading The Wind In The Willows, a coworker, nearly out of nowhere as I recall, dropped a reference to a specific chapter of this classic childrens' book as being “quite a chapter”(Piper At The Gates of Dawn). “How strange,” thought I, “to name drop the chapter of a childrens' book!” I had already been planning to reread this book which I had treasured from childhood and had recently come across a free copy. Kenneth Grahame's famous animal adventure has a bit of everything from rollicking adventure to the joys of high tea and sumptuous feasting in one's underground, furnished, lair and his cast of woodland characters carry on with the highest levels of anthropomorphic personage any animal could ever aspire to! But on full display here beyond the high adventure is a sumptuous feast of verdant prose and lush imagery (and yes, most strikingly in the above named chapter) that ranks Grahame as one of our most gifted writers, for any age.
— Jon Fine
Since its beginnings as a series of stories told to Kenneth Grahame’s young son, The Wind in the Willows has gone on to become one of the best-loved children’s books of all time. The timeless story of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger has delighted readers of all ages for more than eighty years.
Friendly Rat, mild-mannered Mole, wise Badger, and kind—but conceited—Toad all live on the banks of the Thames. While Mole and Rat are content to go out in a row boat or travel the roads in a caravan, Toad prefers the excitement of motor cars. He’s already wrecked seven! While his friends try to keep him out of trouble, his passion for cars eventually results in his being caught and kept prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded castle in all the land. Somehow, he has to escape and get home but what will he find when he gets there?
The Wind in the Willows is a book for those “who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides.” So, wrote Kenneth Grahame of his timeless tale of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad.
About the Author
Kenneth Grahame was born in Scotland in 1859. His best-known story, The Wind in the Willows, began as a series of bedtime stories for his son. It was published in 1908. Grahame died in 1932 but his book lived on. The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage, film, and television, and it has never been out of print.