The Wind in the Willows The classic story of Mole, Rat, Toad, Badger and the wonderful adventures they share
As spring begins to bloom across the countryside, so too does Mole’s desire to leave his underground home and venture into the wilds above. His journey delivers him to the banks of a river—the first Mole has ever seen—and to the blue-and-white boat captained by Rat. Their camaraderie sparked, Mole and Rat continue into the Wild Wood, meeting up with the cantankerous Badger and the impulsive Toad. No stranger to calamity, Toad and his reckless habits—including a tendency toward spectacular car crashes—will get the four friends into heaps of trouble, but their steadfast loyalty to one another always sees them through.
The Wind in the Willows is a charming, unforgettable ode to friendship and one of the most cherished children’s stories of all time.
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“One can argue over the merits of most books. . . . One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows.” —A. A. Milne
“I have read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends.” —Theodore Roosevelt
Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) was a Scottish writer best known as the author of The Wind in the Willows. He spent much of his childhood along the water, first on Loch Fyne in Scotland and then along the River Thames in a small village in southern England. It was here that his love for boating grew—a passion reflected in one of the most famous passages of The Wind in the Willows: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”