The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie.

Source: Grahame, K. (1908). The Wind in the Willows. London: Methuen.

The River Bank
Mole is busy with spring-cleaning when he feels compelled to visit the world above. Mole and Rat take a trip up the river.
The Open Road
Mole and Rat visit Mr. Toad, who invites them to join him on a trip. Toad becomes enamored with a new craze while Mole and Rat catch the train home.
The Wild Wood
Mole journeys to the Wild Wood where he is later met by Rat. Mole and Rate find the home of Mr. Badger
Mr. Badger
Mr. Badger welcomes his unexpected guests. Otter brings news from the River Bank. Badger helps the visitors make their way home.
Dulce Domum
Mole, accompanied by his new friends, returns to his home. Mole sends for groceries in order to feed his guests.
Mr. Toad
With the arrival of spring, Rat and Mole prepare the boat. Badger attempts to control Toad's behavior.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Rat and Mole are find a missing child with the help of a mythical creature.
Toad's Adventures
Toad, now in jail, escapes with the help a sympathetic party.
Wayfarers All
Rat is about to leave on another adventure with the Sea Rat, but is stopped by Mole before departing.
The Further Adventures of Toad
Toad continues to make his way home, but once again finds trouble behind the wheel of an automobile.
Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears
The Water Rat informs Toad that Toad Hall has been taken over. Badger comes up with a plan to save Toad Hall.
The Return of Ulysses
Toad Hall is liberated. Toad sings a song in celebration.
  • Year Published: 1908
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.4
  • Word Count: 61,348
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Keywords: compassion, forgiveness, friendship, hospitality
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