[Review] The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Illustrated by Helen Ward
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Helen Ward
Publisher: The Templar Company 2000, first published in 1908.
Genre: Children's fiction
Theme: Four animal friends in the English countryside.
I know you're wondering: why is Annette reading The Wind in the Willows? I needed to read a classic book featuring an animal for a reading challenge, Back To The Classics. The Wind in the Willows was available and unread on my bookshelf. I must admit I made myself read it, just was not in the mood for it.
The Wind in the Willows is the story of four furry friends named: Mole, Rat, Toad, Badger. Each of these endearing little creatures dress in human clothing and have personalities as humans do.
Mole is good-natured, clean and busy.
Rat lives in and on the river, he is a born teacher.
Toad is friendly, but a braggart, imaginative, and is irresponsible.
Badger is unsociable.
Toad is the problem friend. He makes irresponsible decisions and his friends are tired of it. He suffers the consequences of his actions.
I love stories that have a moral lesson to it, The Wind in the Willows is a moral, good-ending, children's story.
The illustrations in the book are what sets it apart and makes it marvelous.