The wind in the willows /
by Kenneth Grahame ; illustrated in color and black and white by Ernest H. Shepard.
New York : Scribner, [1983] c1981.
x, 244 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
0684179571 :, 9780684179575
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New York : Scribner, [1983] c1981.
0684179571 :
This reissue of the classic animal story featuring friends Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger celebrates the book's seventy-fifth anniversary.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was also the author of The Golden Age and Dream Days, two books inspired by his childhood in Scotland and Berkshire, England Ernest H. Shepard's classic illustrations are an equally important part of A.A. Milne's Pooh books, as well as Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-03-17:
Michael Hague illustrates three collections of time-proven tales. Originally published in 1910, Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess introduces a group of enchanting woodland creatures, the Merry Little Breezes, Reddy Fox and Tommy Trout among them, to a new generation of readers. Michael Hague's Favorite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales offers nine classic stories including The Snow Queen, Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid, all adapted by Jane Woodward. And lastly, Hague portrays the lush habitat of Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The handsomely designed oversize volumes present Hague's artwork in framed spreads and spot illustrations, just right for lap reading. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2009-09-01:
A century ago, an Edwardian banker told his son stories that eventually became a beloved children's book--The Wind in the Willows, which tells of Rat and Mole, Toad and Badger, and their pastoral idylls. Now Lerer (Univ. of California, San Diego) provides fresh ways of understanding this classic. In an extended introduction, he locates The Wind in the Willows in the trajectory of Grahame's other literary works and in the context of the novel's late Victorian social setting. Lerer's compelling, beautifully written annotations (on virtually each page) provide the "backstory" of words like "piebald" and "antimacassar"; information on the tradition of animal fables; and details about Charles Darwin, Victorian homes and furniture, British law, birds, plants, boating terminology, myths, fairy tales, and much more. Lerer also traces intertextual allusions to the Romantic poets, John Ruskin, Shakespeare, and Gilbert and Sullivan. And in his afterword he illuminates the way in which illustrations of the text over the past century serve as "forms of response: critical, interpretive acts that reframe a literary work into a particular time, place, and sensibility." This lavish edition, with its bamboo endpapers and 37 illustrations (23 in color), will delight bibliophiles and indeed everyone who encounters it. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. E. R. Baer Gustavus Adolphus College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-05-15:
Originally published in France in 1996, this edition collects the four corresponding English-language volumes that were first issued between 1997 and 2002 by NBM. Plessix's style has been called "detailed impressionism," and the limpid watercolors of his lavish adaptation give that "Somewhere Else" quality to the classic story--2008 is the 100th anniversary of Graham's novel. So many adaptations have so little space to work in that they seem more like CliffsNotes versions. But Plessix has truly adapted the tale with most of the narrative details intact--and a few new twists at the end. And while the anthropomorphic animal characters have a cute, cartoony quality, the overall effect of a timeless, golden world is not thereby disrupted; all the looniness and love of nature from the original come through beautifully. Somehow the world of Mole and his friends suggests an animal Hobbiton in a Ring-less alternative universe, where talking animals and humans coexist amid a gloriously bucolic world of water, woods, and fields based on preindustrial rural England. Unfortunately, the pages are a little too small to showcase the details of Plessix's lush art as it deserves. For all ages.--M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.
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This reissue of the classic animal story featuring friends Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger celebrates the book's 75th anniversary.
Authored Title
The classic that introduced Mole, Ratty, & Mr. Toad. Two of many other editions are: illus. by Michael Hague (1980, Henry Holt); illus. by John Burningham (1983, Viking).
Authored Title
The classic that introduced Mole, Ratty, and Mr. Toad. Two of many other editions are: illus. by Michael Hague (1980, Henry Holt); illus. by John Burningham (1983, Viking).
Table of Contents
The River Bankp. 1
The Open Roadp. 23
The Wild Woodp. 43
Mr. Badgerp. 62
Dulce Domump. 82
Mr. Toadp. 104
The Piper at the Gates of Dawnp. 126
Toad's Adventuresp. 142
Wayfarers Allp. 164
The Further Adventures of Toadp. 189
'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'p. 213
The Return of Ulyssesp. 239
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