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The Wind in the Willows : Aladdin Classics - Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

Aladdin Classics

By: Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator), Susan Cooper (Foreword by)


Published: 1st August 1999
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old
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The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859 and wrote fiction and fantasy for children. He is most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), which is considered to be one of the greatest classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon which was later adapted to a Disney movie.

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Does The Wind in the Willows 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 (2008), displays a narcissistic streak: "This new edition brings The Wind in the Willows...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 makes an intriguing lagniappe. (selective resource list) (Literary analysis. Adult/professional) (Kirkus Reviews)

Forewordp. ix
The River Bankp. 1
The Open Roadp. 25
The Wild Woodp. 48
Mr. Badgerp. 70
Dulce Domump. 94
Mr. Toadp. 121
The Piper at the Gates of Dawnp. 146
Toad's Adventuresp. 165
Wayfarers Allp. 191
The Further Adventures of Toadp. 221
'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'p. 250
The Return of Ulyssesp. 281
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ISBN: 9780689831409
ISBN-10: 0689831404
Series: Aladdin Classics
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old
For Grades: 3 - 4
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1