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The Wind in the Willows - Books for Young Readers

Updated on January 10, 2015

Tales of the famous Mole, Ratty, Mr Badger & the infamous Toad of Toad Hall

Like many children, I loved stories, especially when dad had time to read to us. My favorite was always The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. One of the classic books for young readers, it is still loved by readers both young and old. The growing friendship of Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Mr Badger and their various adventures is an enjoyable story for all.

Early reading is vital to the growing mind. Children are empowered by learning to read for themselves - they can expand their imagination and escape into a fantasy world. It can also improve their communication skills, both writing and discussion, especially if you encourage them to tell you about the books they have read.

Stories presented in chapters or broken down into a series are much easier for the young reader to tackle. On this page, I show you The Wind in the Willows Easy Reader Classics. This captivating series will inspire young minds and I thoroughly recommend it!

The Wind in the Willows

This classic children's book by Kenneth Grahame certainly increased my interest in reading. It also inspired my love of nature. Starting with spring cleaning in Mole's den, moving on to summer fun on the riverbank, with Ratty, and passing through the dangerous wild wood, under the care of Mr Badger. For some, the most memorable character is Mr Toad, who is wild and reckless, but no less loveable. Ratty, Mole and Badger come to the rescue of the hapless Toad, and help him to get his home, Toad Hall, back from the Stoats and Weasels.

I took this riverbank photo on a walk through the Peak District, in July 2012. It is copyright, so please do not use without my permission.

The Wind in the Willows - Books for Children

The classic tale has been broken down into manageable child size portions. These chapter length books are beautifully illustrated, and will delight young readers.

The Riverbank

The Wind in the Willows #1: The Riverbank (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 1)
The Wind in the Willows #1: The Riverbank (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 1)

On a lovely warm day, Mole leaves his cosy burrow and sets off to explore. Eventually Mole discovers the river, meets Ratty and the adventure begins.

 

The Open Road

The second volume, The Open Road, is about Toad's love of a bright, colorful cart. He takes to the road with Mole and Rat, but before long their trip is distributed by a newer and faster honking vehicle.

The Wild Wood

The friends adventures in the Wild Wood are an exciting part of the story. In the third volume, The Wild Wood, Mole wanders into the forest, hoping to meet shy Mr. Badger. Mole, like any of us, is scared when he gets lost in the dark. This adventure in the woods is a lesson to us, but fortunately, it ends well!

Home Sweet Home

The Wind in the Willows #4: Home Sweet Home (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 4)
The Wind in the Willows #4: Home Sweet Home (Easy Reader Classics) (No. 4)

After such a long time away from home, Mole becomes homesick. He feels the need to go home, but having been away from his little house so long, he finds that it isn't cozy and warm anymore.

 

The Sneaky Mr Toad

As you know, wherever toad goes, trouble will follow. In the fifth book, toad sneaks away, thinking he is very clever, but... he finds disaster.

Toad is rich, arrogant and badly behaved, but we all love him...

The Last in the Series - Restless Rat

What will restless Ratty do?

The Wind in the Willows #6: Restless Rat (Easy Reader Classics)
The Wind in the Willows #6: Restless Rat (Easy Reader Classics)

Winter is on its dismal way, the birds are flying south, and the mice are leaving too. Poor Rat is feeling restless. Will he leave the river and friends?

 

Who is your Favourite Wind in the Willows Character?

Which character do you like best? And why?

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Wind in the Willow animals - by Hansa

Hansa have designed a wide range of realistic plush toys, hand finished by artists. Many come with a "Toys that Teach" tag which describes the animal's habitat and lifestyle, including eating habits and care of their young. The soft and cuddly toys below make a great way to illustrate the Wind in the Willows story.

Hansa Badger Plush
Hansa Badger Plush

Badger is a gorgeous plush toy available from Hansa. He is grey, black and white, with a realistic look. Match him with Mole, Ratty and Toad to act out the Wind in the Willows tales.

 

Have you read the Wind in the Willows? If so, did you enjoy it? - What's your favourite children's classic?

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Loved this book since I was very young and my father read it to me. My daughter loves it too!

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      savateuse 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Its been so long. YAh. I remember i had enid blyton too. thanks for sharing. great lens.

    • savateuse profile imageAUTHOR

      savateuse 

      5 years ago

      @yayas: Thanks for your visit, and for your kind comments.

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      savateuse 

      5 years ago

      @KarenTBTEN: Yes, Toad was rather reckless, and spent some time in a dungeon because of his behaviour. The gaoler's daughter helped him to escape, dressed as a washerwoman.

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      yayas 

      5 years ago

      Reading to children and for them is something I have always loved to do. The Wind in the Willows is one of my favorite books. I mostly read children's books, either to my grandies or for my own enjoyment.

      I saw that you were on the Front Page an' hadda' hurry on over to say Congratulations! Great job!

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      KarenTBTEN 

      5 years ago

      That may have been the version my mother read to my (older) brother at Christmas. The book was his. I think Mr. Toad might have been too reckless for me at the time. Was there something about a car?

      Not that I'm trying to suggest the book generally frightens children. I have a memory of being even younger -- a toddler, maybe -- and catching a glimpse of Chitty Bang Bang on the television. That car was durn near the scariest thing I had ever seen... or very likely it was the noise it made.

      It's funny to revisit these works from an older perspective.

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      rooshoo 

      5 years ago

      It's been so long. But oh the memories.

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      Lora Riley 

      5 years ago

      not yet

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      I haven't read the book but it does sound interesting.

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      zeff789 

      5 years ago

      i have re-read this book many times and as an adult still enjoy it

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