The Wind in the Willows
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The Wind in the Willows

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A children's classic comes to life in an enchanting dramatization narratedby Alan Bennett. Enter the world of the great river and meet the marvelousriverbank animals: the poetic Rat, his friend Mole, and the boastful Toad, asthey voyage down the river and into the Wild Wood to great adventures! Thisexclusive BBC production features a full cast, authentic sound effects andsweeping music to warm hearts young and old.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 235 x 24mm | 589g
  • Prentice Hall & IBD
  • Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 75th anniversary
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0684179571
  • 9780684179575
  • 144,515

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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)
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