Written and illustrated by Kenneth Grahame. 2004 unabridged edition. Paragon Publishing. Bath, United Kingdom.
"The River Bank"
"The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders, and steps, and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; until he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said "Bother!" and "Oh blow!" and also "Hang spring-cleaning!" and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat."
"The Wind in the Willows tells the tale of three riverbank creatures - the Rat, the Mole, and the Badger - and of their friend, the wayward Toad. This memorable adventure story takes the reader from scenes of riverbank picnics and snow-covered woods to Toad's days in prison and the final battle at Toad Hall."
Kenneth Grahame (1859 - 1932) was a Scottish writer. Growing up in Berkshire in the care of his grandmother, he developed a love for the countryside and the River Thames, which would later inspire his most famous work, The Wind in the Willows (1908). This book, along with The Reluctant Dragon (1898), is considered a classic of children's literature, featuring animal characters with human traits and habits. Grahame worked at the Bank of England for most of his adult life, rising to the position of Secretary until he retired in 1908 due to ill health.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Very light shelf wear; small closed tear on the back, bottom left corner; very lightly bumped at back corners; small crease at head of the spine. Illustrated cover boards with black cloth spine. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.
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