One of the most celebrated and beloved works of literature ever written for young readers
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.
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Table of Contents
1 The River Bank 7
2 The Open Road 25
3 The Wild Wood 41
4 Mr Badger 57
5 Dulce Domum 75
6 Mr Toad 93
7 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 111
8 Toad's Adventures 125
9 Wayfarers All 143
10 The Further Adventures of Toad 163
11 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears' 183
12 The Return of Ulysses 205