Review: Kevin Grahame's, The Wind In The Willows

Nancy Austin By Nancy Austin, 6th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Enjoy my summary and short review of, The Wind In The Willows, a classic story written for children and the young at heart.


Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows

In this classic children’s novel, Grahame leads readers on grand adventures with Rat, Mole, Toad and other colorful characters. Mole follows the spirit of the explorer while the more experienced, Rat prefers cautious behavior, but nothing can stop his friend from leading them into the darkness of the much revered forest. Together, they take many risks wandering alongside the riverbank and shaking things up on the row boat. Rat finds himself talked into numerous situations which Mole will not allow him to avoid.

One afternoon while visiting Toad Hall, they find themselves tied up in Toad’s latest obsession for motor cars. They try to stop their friend from ruining his life, because they know this new passion will be taken too far. When they lock him up in his room for his own good, Toad sneaks out and steals a motor car. He is caught and sentenced to twenty years in prison, but he breaks out to return to Toad Hall only to find his lovely estate has been taken over by weasels. With the help of Rat and Mole, together the three manage to win the mansion back for their good friend. This is a captivating tale full of excitement for kids and grown ups of all ages.

Wind In The Willows, Memories

Living on nine acres with a vast population of frogs and toads, reading this story to my children when they were younger was a blast. What a way to spend the afternoon in front of the window! Next to Beverly Cleary's, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Wind in the Willows was my favorite book from the early days of motherhood. It's as much fun as, Maurice Sendak's, Where The Wild Things Are. However, there's a lot more reading involved.

This is a young adult novel appropriate for elementary school children. If you believe books can transform your imagination, this is one to recommend to the young folks. The level of excitement never wanes. Our household is very fortunate to have made the acquaintance of these fun, and curious characters.

In 1996 a movie was made with humans playing the animals. This really surprised me a few years ago when we first saw it. The film is titled, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. It's not just about the title character though. You get to enjoy all your other favorites as well. They call each other- Rat and Mole. No, they're not in costume. Yes, it's kind of funny. This approach comes across as both odd and ingenious. When you see a man named, Otter fishing by hand in the water, you may feel you've stepped into some sort of alternate universe. Mind you, it's the same beloved story of Toad and his obsession with the motor car. You'll go mad with laughter when he takes his friends for a wild ride.


Books, Classic Stories, Kevin Grahame, Literature, Novels, Reading, Wind In Willows

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author avatar Retired
6th Jun 2015 (#)

It's certainly a classic in that it still "works" more than a century after it was written - despite all the changes that have occurred in the meantime.

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author avatar Nancy Austin
6th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes, John. I'm sure someday I'll read it to my grand kids as well when that day arrives.

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author avatar Retired
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Loved your review-think I will get the book for my niece!)

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author avatar Nancy Austin
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Mary Papas, good choice.

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