Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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Wind in the Willows
By Kenneth Grahame

Wind in the Willows

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Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Book Description

Kenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows" is one of the most celebrated works of literature for children, and this "Penguin Classics" edition contains notes and an introduction by Gillian Avery. Meek little Mole, wilful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant, boastful Toad: over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly and friendship. And their misadventures - in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their beloved Wild Wood - continue to capture readers' imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, "The Wind in the Willows" is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. This "Penguin Classics" edition features an appendix of the letters in which Grahame first related the exploits of "Toad", and new introduction by children's literature historian Gillian Avery. Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was an English bank official, writer, author of "The Wind in the Willows" (1908), set in the idyllic English countryside. The work established Grahame's international reputation as a writer of children's books and has deeply influenced fantasy literature. If you enjoyed "The Wind in the Willows", you might enjoy JM Barrie's "Peter Pan", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A charming book." ("Terry Jones").

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143039099
ISBN-10: 0143039091
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Kenneth Grahame

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: The Wind in the Willows, Paperback (September 2016)

Project X Origins Graphic Texts can help children to reach higher standards in comprehension. Life on the river bank is peaceful for Mole, Ratty and Badger until their friend Toad gets a motor car! Can Toad's friends convince him to stay out of trouble?

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Wind in the Willows, Hardback (September 2016)

The next elegant edition in the Knickerbocker Classics series, The Wind in the Willows is the timeless tale of adventurous animals living in the Thames Valley.

Steam in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Steam in the Willows, Paperback / softback (November 2015)

New illustrations for the classic Wind in the Willows story with a steampunk/maker flair.

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Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Does The Wind in the Willows <\i>need an annotated edition? Suggesting that Grahame's prose, "encrusted with the patina of age and affect," has become an obstacle to full appreciation of the work, Lerer offers the text with running disquisitions in the margins on now-archaic words and phrases, Edwardian social mores and a rich array of literary references from Aesop to Gilbert and Sullivan. Occasionally he goes over the top - making, for instance, frequent references alongside Toad's supposed mental breakdown to passages from Kraft-Ebing's writings on clinical insanity - and, as in his controversial Children's Literature, a Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter <\i>(2008), displays a narcissistic streak: "This new edition brings The Wind in the Willows<\i>...into the ambit of contemporary scholarship and criticism on children's literature..." Still, the commentary will make enlightening reading for parents or other adults who think that there's nothing in the story for them - and a closing essay on (among other topics) the links between Ernest Shepard's art for this and for Winnie the Pooh <\i>makes an intriguing lagniappe. (selective resource list) (Literary analysis. Adult/professional) <\i> (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) English bank official, writer, author of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (1908), set in the idyllic English countryside. The work established Grahame's international reputation as a writer of children's books and has deeply influenced fantasy literature. Gillian Avery is a historian of children's books. Her publications include Childhood's Pattern: A Study of the Heroes and Heroines of Children's Fiction, 1770-1950, and Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621-1922.

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