This book is an adaptation of the classic novel The Wind in the Willows. When Kenneth Grahame first entertained his son with letters about a petulant character named Toad, he had no way of knowing that his creation in conjunction with his friends Mole, Rat, and Badger would delight children for almost 100 years. This easy to read adaptation is guaranteed to hook beginning readers not yet in a position to tackle the original.
“[Mole] thought his happiness was once complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, all at once he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before–this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again.” Such is the cautious, agreeable Mole’s first introduction to the river and the Life Adventurous. Emerging from his home at Mole End one spring, his whole world changes when he hooks up with the good-natured, boat-loving Water Rat, the boastful Toad of Toad Hall, the society- hating Badger who lives in the frightening Wild Wood, and countless other mostly well-meaning creatures. Michael Hague’s exquisitely detailed, breathtaking color illustrations on almost each generous spread–in conjunction with Kenneth Grahame’s elegant, delightfully out of date characterizations of the animals–make this book a fantastic read-aloud. Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows has enchanted readers for four generations, and this lavishly illustrated gift edition is possibly the finest around. (All ages, or 9 to 12)
This reviews refers to ISBN 0805002138.