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Wind in the Willows

By (author) Kenneth Grahame
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Hamlyn young books
Published: 30th Nov 1908
Dimensions: w 110mm h 170mm
Interest age: 6-12
Reading age: 8-10
ISBN-10: 0416393705
ISBN-13: 9780416393705
Barcode No: 9780416393705
Synopsis
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

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Kirkus UK
Mole, Water Rat, Mr Toad et al are the animal characters who provide the anthropomorphic vehicles for this exploration of the idyllic English countryside. Certainly this is for children, but it is a delight for any age. (Kirkus UK)
Kirkus US
Does The Wind in the Willows <\i>need an annotated edition? Suggesting that Grahame's prose, "encrusted with the patina of age and affect," has become an obstacle to full appreciation of the work, Lerer offers the text with running disquisitions in the margins on now-archaic words and phrases, Edwardian social mores and a rich array of literary references from Aesop to Gilbert and Sullivan. Occasionally he goes over the top - making, for instance, frequent references alongside Toad's supposed mental breakdown to passages from Kraft-Ebing's writings on clinical insanity - and, as in his controversial Children's Literature, a Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter <\i>(2008), displays a narcissistic streak: "This new edition brings The Wind in the Willows<\i>...into the ambit of contemporary scholarship and criticism on children's literature..." Still, the commentary will make enlightening reading for parents or other adults who think that there's nothing in the story for them - and a closing essay on (among other topics) the links between Ernest Shepard's art for this and for Winnie the Pooh <\i>makes an intriguing lagniappe. (selective resource list) (Literary analysis. Adult/professional) <\i> (Kirkus Reviews)