The Wind in the Willows
By: Kenneth Grahame
Published: First Ever 1908
Genre: Middle School
Rating: 5 Stars
About the Book:
Follow the charming adventures of Mole, Mr. Toad, Ratty, and Badger in The Wind in the Willows.
Originally published in 1908, the classic children’s tale The Wind in the Willows tells the stories of four animals and their adventures together. It is celebrated for its sense of camaraderie, morality, and mysticism. With illustrations by Paul Bransom, this beautiful, vibrant clothbound hardcover is unabridged and makes a great addition to every child’s library.
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About the Author:
Now you might think this is crazy, but I swear it’s not. I have never read this book before. It was such a delight to read it. I loved most of the animals through out the book. I liked that the author really did not give them names besides the animal names that was given them. I think out of all the characters I did not like Mr. Toad much. Maybe I saw a bit of myself in him and that is the reason. Or the fact that he cares for no one but himself.
I liked how Mr. Grahame gave Mr. Toad a chance to redeem himself. Even after the awful things he has done through out the the book. It reminds me of how God himself allows us to redeem ourselves through him.
My favorite part of the book is Chapter 7, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. I feel in that chapter we see a look of God in there from the animals perspective. Rat and Mole are trying to help Otter to find his lost babe and while on the search they hear this magical music that they follow while on the river searching. They follow it to this island upstream and they see something so wonderful but terrifying all at the same time. What is described there I feel is what it is to look upon God. The sense of peace, the beauty of what is all over the island, the light that is shining, the face they see. I just can’t describe it as well as Mr. Grahame does in the book. But, I feel that is what God looks like to us, but not as an animal! The most tragic part of that chapter is they are touched with a reed or flower and it feels like a kiss and they are meant to forget all they have seen. How horrible to forget all that. I would hope that God would not do that to us if we have had the privilege of seeing him.
I am so happy that I read this book as an adult. I am able to see the adult themes within this book as well as the childishness within the book all at the same time. I truly liked this book and I recommend it for both adult and child. If my children were young I would most defiantly read this to them at night. It has just enough fun and adventure to keep them wanting to read it every night, but wanting to ask for one more chapter each night!