Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame; Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Illustrator)
(Puffin Books, Hardcover, 9780141329826, 288pp.)

Publication Date: September 8, 2011

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is an English classic loved by adults and children alike. ***Now in a beautiful cloth-bound hardback edition - a perfect gift for young readers.*** Spend a season on the river bank and take a walk on the wild side . . . Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There's boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. The four become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels? ***PLUS A behind-the-scenes journey, including author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more . . .*** Kenneth Graham (1859-1932) was born in Edinburgh, but grew up with relatives in Berkshire where he developed his love for the countryside surrounding the upper parts of the River Thames. He was educated at St Edward's in Oxford, but instead of going on to Oxford University he joined the Bank of England, where he rose to become Secretary. He wrote several books including The Golden Age and Dream Days which includes the short story 'The Reluctant Dragon' (later made into a Disney movie). Kenneth Grahame developed the character of Toad in The Wind in the Willows to amuse his young son, Alistair. It was published in 1908 and still remains a best-loved children's classic.



About the Author
Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer best-known for his celebrated children's novel, The Wind in the Willows. Prevented from attending university because of financial constraints, Grahame instead took a job with the Bank of England, which provided the financial security required to indulge his passion for writing. Many of Grahame's short stories were printed in the periodicals of the time, and were also later collected in Pagan Papers, The Golden Age, and Dream Days. Grahame's most famous work, the novel The Wind in the Willows, was originally conceived as a bedtime story for his son, and continues to be a beloved classic for children of all ages. Grahame died in 1932 at the age of 73.

DANIELA JAGLENKA TERRAZZINI is an illustrator whose work has appeared in galleries worldwide. Since beginning her career as an illustrator, Daniela s clients have included Running Press, Chronicle Books, Bottle Green, Crabtree and Evelyn, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, MacMillan, Marks and Spencer and Puffin. Her contemporary take on classic style has allowed Daniela to take on some very challenging picture books. "The Seeing Stick" (Running Press) and "The Animals Marco Polo Saw" (Chronicle) have attracted much industry acclaim.
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