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The Wind in the Willows

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My favorite part of The Wind in the Willowsare the three chapters, "The Wild Wood," "Mr Badger," and "Dulce Domum," in which the tail end of winter spent in Rat's domicile finds Mole very much wanting an introduction to Mr Badger. He meets a fellow Water Rat, a merchant marine of sorts, who tells him stories of life on the high seas and travels to foreign lands, stirring Rat's wanderlust, causing Mole to worry that his fit is indicative of a larger malaise. More Hamburger icon An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon.

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With a career in illustration spanning over 30 years, Inga Moore is a highly distinguished author and illustrator of children’s books, who has illustrated numerous classics to much critical acclaim, including Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. Again the old house provides inspiration with a real secret garden of its own, just like the one in the story which becomes a sanctuary for Mary, a lonely, unwanted orphan, and her sickly cousin Colin.The evening ends with Mole and Rat tucked into their beds, Rat commenting on what a fine, snug home Mole has made himself. We see trees pruned, topiarised, espaliered and clipped to within an inch of their lives, while in the secret garden plants are left to their own devices, roses ramble unchecked, creepers run riot and wildlife flourishes.

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I read Kenneth Grahame‘s “The Wind in the Willows” (in a paperback, clumsily illustrated edition) as a teenager, after my father died, and it soothed my mind and helped me to stand the blow in a way I could not explain, beyond saying it made me feel snug and somewhat protected.With its wit, charm and finesse, and its atmospheric use of colour, her work rewards endless exploration. To these unforgettable characters and luminous illustrations, Ruzzier brings a sublime simplicity that makes this series perfect for emerging readers, adding books with character and intelligence to the often dull world of beginning reader books.

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