Friday, June 20, 2008

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows is a cute story about friends who stick together to the end. The groups of animals which Graham has set up is interesting to watch unfold. The woodland animals, river bankers and the underground dwellers all live by the rules of their society. I found Toad fun and interesting. Rat was kind and friendly. Mole is loyal and genuine. I did not know what to think about Badger at first, but by the end I found him to be of great character and an honorable friend. The story unravels as Toad, the adventure seeker, finds himself infatuated with cars. His friends don't want him to get in trouble or end up hurt so they banish him to his room. This is where the adventure really begins. The rest is full of, escapes, car chases, police, weasels, guns, fighting, trains, disguises and more. This would be a great read aloud book, but there is an "occasional use of an affectionate British insult which some Americans find offensive."

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