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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows was the book that made Kenneth Grahame's fortune, enabling him to retire from his hated (though respectable and well-paid) bank job and retire to the country, pretty much doing what the animal characters in this book do.

The story is alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, centering on three middle-aged male characters in bucolic England. It had illustrations by Ernest Shepard

Characters:

  • Mole -- mild-mannered
  • Rat (or Ratty) -- loves the river
  • Badger -- powerful yet solitary
  • Toad -- mischievous estate-owner
  • Pan -- makes a single, otherwise anomalous, appearance

William Horwood[?] created several sequels to Wind in the Willows[?]

  • The Willows in Winter
  • Toad Triumphant
  • The Willows and Beyond

There are several versions of Wind in the Willows: A play called Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne, film versions done by for example, Walt Disney and Cosgrove Hall[?].

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