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The Wind in the Willows

Written by Kenneth Grahame

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Friendship, hospitality and having fun propel the adventures of these four animals as they go about their lives against the watery landscape in this classic tale. Life on the riverbank with close-friends Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger is mostly peaceful. There is lots of entertaining as well as a great deal of just messing about on the river. Just occasionally the peace is shattered, as when Toad gets behind the wheel of his car and speeds around the countryside letting rip with the horn or, more seriously, by brief attempts to defeat the weasels and stoats in the Wild Wood.

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The Wind in the Willows Synopsis

Ho! ho! I am the Toad, the motor-car snatcher, the prison-breaker, the Toad who always escapes! Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger, and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad. But when Toad's attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin, and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.

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ISBN: 9781409532712
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781405264150
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Publisher: Egmont Heritage an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780192732347
Publication date: 06/09/2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780099572947
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192728159
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099572947
Publication date: 2nd August 2012
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books

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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