Book Review: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
My rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: Signet

I bought a copy of The Wind in the Willows when I was expecting my son in 2013 & it went on the bookshelf where it's been overlooked ever since.
It's one of those stories that I knew generally because it had been read to me when I was a little girl and I quite enjoyed it. But I'd never sat down and actually read it for myself. What prompted me to get to it finally? The Calm app.

2020 had been a crazy year even before Covid-19 and that app saved my sanity. I have a lifetime subscription and they have three sleep stories featuring The Wind in the Willows. The narrator is fantastic and she's so good that I'd fall asleep before getting to the end of the chapter so I knew it was time to read the book. It required obtaining another copy because the one we already had was packed up and in storage after a fire and it was entirely worth it. Badger, Ratty & Mr. Toad were wonderful to spend time with (though Toad does not make things easy for his friends; I personally think he's a disorderly menace but I've been outvoted in my household & he's considered a misunderstood favourite here).

Recommended and not just for the children in your life but the child still in your heart.

Summary: Hailed as one of the most enduringly popular works of the twentieth century, The Wind in the Willows is a classic of magical fancy and enchanting wit. Penned in lyrical prose, the adventures and misadventures of the book’s intrepid quartet of heroes—Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and, of course, the incorrigible Toad—raise fantasy to the level of myth. Reflecting the freshness of childhood wonder, the story still offers adults endless sophistication, substance, and depth. The animals’ world embodies the author’s wry, whimsical, and unfailingly inventive imagination. It is a world that succeeding generations of both adult and young readers have found irresistible. But why say more? To use the words of the estimable Mr. Toad himself: “Travel, change, interest, excitement!...Come inside.”

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