The Wind in the Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Grade Level Equivalent:
Adventure, Classics, Comedy and Humor
Europe, Manners and Conduct, Pride and Self-Esteem, Friends and Friendship
When Mole and Rat visit Badger in the Wild Wood, they tell Badger about Toad's problem with buying and smashing up cars. After Badger decides the friends must lock Toad in his room, an adventure begins for Toad that should change his ways for sure.
This beloved classic of literature has touched the hearts of young readers for over three generations. First published in 1908, this book began as a series of bedtime stories written especially for the author's son. Four friends — Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger — are always having exciting adventures. While each has their own distinctive personality — Mole is cautious, Rat is sweet, Toad is a braggart, and Badger can't stand society — their friendship is only enhanced by their differences.
Grahame's text is simply charming, and will hold readers' attention with its stunning detail and humor. The lovely illustrations, bringing to life the adventures of these four friends amidst the cheery English countryside, only add to the timelessness of the story.
Readers may find themselves searching for more children's classics like this one; the themes of friendship and good spirit are realistic, comforting . . . and familiar. This is a wonderful book to add to the classroom or home library.