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    DescriptionKenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows" is one of the most celebrated works of literature for children, and this "Penguin Classics" edition contains notes and an introduction by Gillian Avery. Meek little Mole, wilful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant, boastful Toad: over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly and friendship. And their misadventures - in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their beloved Wild Wood - continue to capture readers' imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, "The Wind in the Willows" is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. This "Penguin Classics" edition features an appendix of the letters in which Grahame first related the exploits of "Toad", and new introduction by children's literature historian Gillian Avery. Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was an English bank official, writer, author of "The Wind in the Willows" (1908), set in the idyllic English countryside. The work established Grahame's international reputation as a writer of children's books and has deeply influenced fantasy literature. If you enjoyed "The Wind in the Willows", you might enjoy JM Barrie's "Peter Pan", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A charming book." ("Terry Jones").


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    Title
    Wind in the Willows
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kenneth Grahame
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143039099
    ISBN 10: 0143039091
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: YFA
    BIC E4L: F11+, CLA
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E3N79
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T General Subject: 217
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    Ingram Subject Code: CJ
    Libri: I-CJ
    DC22: 823.8
    B&T Approval Code: A25403252
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV007000, JUV002120, HIS000000
    LC classification: PZ7.G75266 WI 2005
    BISAC V2.8: JUV002000
    Thema V1.0: YFA, YFP
    BIC E4L: YCL, F11
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    23 December 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) English bank official, writer, author of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (1908), set in the idyllic English countryside. The work established Grahame's international reputation as a writer of children's books and has deeply influenced fantasy literature. Gillian Avery is a historian of children's books. Her publications include Childhood's Pattern: A Study of the Heroes and Heroines of Children's Fiction, 1770-1950, and Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621-1922.
    Review text
    Does The Wind in the Willows need an annotated edition? Suggesting that Grahame's prose, "encrusted with the patina of age and affect," has become an obstacle to full appreciation of the work, Lerer offers the text with running disquisitions in the margins on now-archaic words and phrases, Edwardian social mores and a rich array of literary references from Aesop to Gilbert and Sullivan. Occasionally he goes over the top - making, for instance, frequent references alongside Toad's supposed mental breakdown to passages from Kraft-Ebing's writings on clinical insanity - and, as in his controversial Children's Literature, a Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter (2008), displays a narcissistic streak: "This new edition brings The Wind in the Willows...into the ambit of contemporary scholarship and criticism on children's literature..." Still, the commentary will make enlightening reading for parents or other adults who think that there's nothing in the story for them - and a closing essay on (among other topics) the links between Ernest Shepard's art for this and for Winnie the Pooh makes an intriguing lagniappe. (selective resource list) (Literary analysis. Adult/professional) (Kirkus Reviews)