The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Hardback Usborne Illustrated Originals

By (author) Kenneth Grahame, Illustrated by Richard Johnson

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  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 194mm x 41mm | 935g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1409532712
  • ISBN 13: 9781409532712
  • Illustrations note: Full colour illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 9,007

Product description

A beautiful gift edition of Kenneth Grahame's timeless classic, enchantingly illustrated and told in its complete and unabridged form. Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad in their adventures and antics, from venturing into the dark and dangerous Wild Wood to simply messing about in boats. With a padded cover, stylish design and a ribbon marker, this will make a gift to be treasured and shared together again and again.

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KENNETH GRAHAME was born in Edinburgh on March 8, 1859. He was brought up by his grandmother and spent much of his time exploring the woods and wildlife near his home, but was also a gifted scholar and captain of the school rugby team. He was sent to work in a bank, which he disliked, but it was while he was working there that he began writing, and soon became a successful author." The Wind in the Willows" is based on letters and bedtime stories that Graham thought up for his son, Alistair, who was nicknamed 'Mouse'. A neighbour convinced Kenneth that he should turn the stories into a book, but when he did, it was rejected by all publishers except one. It wasn't until the then President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, said how much he loved the book that readers began to take notice. After that, "The Wind in the Willows" became a bestseller, and was even turned into a play with the help of A.A. Milne, the author of the "Winnie the Pooh" stories. Kenneth Grahame retired from the bank in the year "The Wind in the Willows" was published, and he died in 1932.

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'Complete and unabridged, this new edition has beautiful watercolour illustrations throughout, making it ideal for reading to children or to help develop reading on their own' - Baby and Me magazine