Depth and Reflection in The Wind in the Willows

I should have known that The Wind in the Willows is one of the greatest books ever (based on BBC, they said so). Fine, let’s finish this right on!

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

I tried to read The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame and number 30 on the BBC book list to my daughter, but after a few pages, she said, “I don’t understand what is going on.”  I couldn’t blame her.  It turned out to be a fun story, but the prose is somewhat dense for a young child to understand.  I finished reading it without her.

I liked the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger.  They all possessed different human qualities that allowed for conflict and comic relief among the four of them.  The most reckless of the bunch is definitely Toad.  He comes across as the typical rich, spoiled boy, who likes fast cars and lives in luxury.  Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of pride and lack of self control, for which Toad suffers but never seems to learn from.

wind in the willows cover

Yet he does learn because…

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