I'm currently reading this. Up to the part where Toad is dressed as a washerwoman and has just broken out of prison.
And I want to row a boat down The River, get lost in the snow in the Wild Wood, visit Mr Badger and have ham and oatmeal porridge in his cave, visit Toad Hall and ride in one of Toad's motorcar (poop-poop!) and try not to get into any accident, settle down in Mole's humble cave and read Ratty's verses by The River the next morning.
Such a warm, fuzzy book. The illustrations in this Candlewick Press edition stir a sense of wonder. Beautiful wonder.
I first came upon this story (another edition) when I was eight and I couldn't understand most of it. So I gave up for a while, a more-than-two-decades while. I'm glad I've re-picked this up. Some classics are meant for savouring at a duskier age, I suppose.
“The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”
Have you read 'The Wind in the Willows?' Which character would you most want to be?
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Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.