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The Wind in the Willows

Written by Kenneth Grahame

Part of the Wordsworth Collector's Editions Series

Classic Fiction Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on The Wind in the Willows

Enchanting eccentric classic in lovely new livery

This new Wordsworth Collector’s Edition of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic will make an attractive addition to any child’s library, or any grown-up’s for that matter. With a stylish cover illustration, compact hardback format, and gleaming gold foil, it makes the perfect present. 


As for the story, readers of seven and upwards who love nature, animals and adventures of a gentler kind will be entertained by the cast of anthropomorphised characters and enthralled by the pastoral setting. In many ways, the animals aren’t animals at all - they’re essentially human, a gaggle of wealthy gentlemen with plenty of leisure time for “messing about on the river”. Amusingly and fittingly, the author’s original title was Mr Mole and His Mates, for this classic has friendship at its heart.

The Wordsworth Collector's Editions make wonderful presents for children; you can find more in the series here.


Joanne Owen

The Wind in the Willows Synopsis

Far from fading with time, Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of fantasy has attracted a growing audience in each generation. Rat, Mole, Badger and the preposterous Mr Toad (with his 'Poop-poop-poop' road-hogging new motor-car), have brought delight to many through the years with their odd adventures on and by the river, and at the imposing residence of Toad Hall.

Grahame's book was later dramatised by A. A. Milne, and became a perennial Christmas favourite, as Toad of Toad Hall. It continues to enchant and, above all perhaps, inspire great affection.

The Wind in the Willows Press Reviews

It is a book that breaks nearly every rule of modern children's fiction... it wasn't about fairies at the bottom of the garden, but it was about magic -- just the right kind of magic. It thrills me still to read it. --Shirley Hughes, The Times


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Book Information

ISBN: 9781840227826
Publication date: 7th September 2018
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, Animals

About Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but in early childhood, after being orphaned, moved to live with his grandmother on the banks of the River Thames in southern England. He was an outstanding pupil at St Edward's School in Oxford and wanted to attend Oxford University but was not allowed to do so by his guardian on grounds of cost. Instead he was sent to work at the Bank of England in 1879, and rose through the ranks until retiring as its Secretary in 1908 due to ill health. In addition to ill health, Grahame's retirement was precipitated in 1903 by a ...

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