The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

An Annotated Edition

Book - 2009
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Begun as a series of stories told by Kenneth Grahame to his six-year-old son, The Wind in the Willows has become one of the most beloved works of children's literature ever written. It has been illustrated, famously, by E.H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, and parts of it were dramatized by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall . A century after its initial publication it still enchants. Much in Grahame's novel "the sensitivity of Mole, the mania of Toad, the domesticity of Rat"permeates our imaginative lives (as children and adults). And Grahame's burnished prose still dazzles. Now comes an annotated edition of The Wind in the Willows by a leading literary scholar that instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of the novel's charms and serene narrative magic.

In an introduction aimed at a general audience, Seth Lerer tells us everything that we, as adults, need to know about the author and his work. He vividly captures Grahame's world and the circumstances under which The Wind in the Willows came into being. In his running commentary on the novel, Lerer offers complete annotations to the language, contexts, allusions, and larger texture of Grahame's prose. Anyone who has read and loved The Wind in the Willows will want to own and cherish this beautiful gift edition. Those coming to the novel for the first time, or returning to it with their own children, will not find a better, more sensitive guide than Seth Lerer.

Published: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780674034471
Branch Call Number: 823.8 GRA
Characteristics: xiv, 273 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lerer, Seth 1955-


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GCPL_Youth Jul 28, 2017

Timeless. This is just such a wonderful book. If you liked this and need something a little denser and more mature, try your hand at 'Watership Down'.

Jun 13, 2017

Wonderful classic adventures of mole, rat and other forest friends. Rich language and subtle humour cultivate vocabulary and writing style for young (and old!) minds, an artform rare in modern times. Deeply appreciate these stories.

Mar 17, 2017

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. Since its first publication in 1908, generations of adults and children have cherished this world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds, serving as home to the most lovable creatures in all literature―Rat, Mole, Badger, and the irrepressible Toad of Toad Hall; with his goggles, overcoat and love of fast cars. Follow these little adventurers through gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood.

Jul 06, 2016

I just absolutely loved this book! I read it to my 3rd & 4th grade Literature class and they were entranced from the start. I laughed as much as they did and I think I enjoyed it even more than the children. I ended up buying a copy - I liked it that much - but I have to say that this particular publication has the best illustrations of all - they are enticing and funny!

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

First published in 1908, "The Wind in the Willows" has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike for over a century. A story about loyalty and friendship, Grahame's book follows the story of bashful Mole, wise Rat, boastful Toad and practical Badger, who live in the beautiful and pristine English countryside.

Oct 18, 2015

The ebook version does not include illustrations as of October 18, 2015. Go for the print version to see some of the beautiful illustrations.

Allen Tu
Aug 23, 2015

It is a great story!

Jun 22, 2015

Kenneth Grahame is an amazing author! His prose is absolutely stunning, and his descriptions sparkle with detail. Grahame can create the most beautiful, stunning adventures, only to offset them with the Toad. Yes, the Toad. He is a class all to himself!

yellow_wolf_107 Jun 18, 2015

This was an okay book, I've read it before, It's good if you are an animal character sort of person.

Apr 30, 2014

I loved this book as a child and I still like to re-read it occasionally. It is such a gentle story but at the same time deals with the big important ideas like friendship, courage, honesty and responsibility. I must say that as a kid I never realized that life lessons were being taught; it was just a good read.

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Jul 03, 2014

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Jun 22, 2015

When the Mole gets fed up with spring cleaning and runs out of his home, he discovers the river and boating. This creates a lifetime of adventures, both awe-inspiring and hilarious, with friends like the Badger, he Water Rat, the Otter and, of course, the not-so-bright, terrifically funny Toad.


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