The boastful, unstable Toad, the hospitable Water Rat, the shy, wise, childlike Badger, and the Mole with his pleasant habit of brave boyish impulse, noted "Vanity Fair" nearly a century ago, are types of that deeper humanity which sways us all. Written by Kenneth Grahame as bedtime stories for his son, "The Wind in the Willows" continues to delight readers today.
Basing his fanciful animal characters on human archetypes, Grahame imparts a gentle, playful wisdom in his timeless tales. Few readers will be able to resist an invitation to join the Wild Wooders at Toad Hall, enjoy a quick splash in the river with Rat and Badger, or take a swerving ride with Toad in a borrowed motor-car. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the first illustrated American edition of 1913.
About the Author
Susan Cooper, one of today's most distinguished children's book writers, won a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor for books in her fantasy sequence, The Dark is Rising. She is also the author of "King of Shadows, " a "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Award" "Honor Book; Seaward"; Victory"; Ghost Hawk"; and "Green Boy", which was called "an intriguing and truly lovely book" by the "New York Times Book Review." She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com
Kenneth Grahame (8 March 1859 - 6 July 1932) was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon; both books were later adapted into Disney films.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestselling When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, as well as The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, The Face on Your Plate, and The Assault on Truth. An American, he lives in New Zealand.
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