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Book 40

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40 THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Kenneth Grahame (England, 1908)

The adventures of a wise badger, a poetic water rat, an inexperienced mole and a reckless toad.

This classic of Children's literature is filled with charming characters that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Grahame's rich language makes his work as appropriate for adults as it is for children, if not more. 
The Wind in the Willows is a tale of friendship that praises the virtues of country life as opposed to the growing forces of urbanization and technology as represented by the motor cars that fascinate Mr. Toad. It is therefore not surprising that Grahame's themes and writing style inscribe themselves in the Romantic tradition, to which he makes many references. 
The only aspect of this short novel I did not fully enjoy is the inclusion of human characters. I thought they seemed out place. However, they were not major characters so they did not entirely spoil my pleasure.

Tags: classic, kidlit

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