Quest to Read Them All – Wind in the Willows

This month’s return to childhood installment on my Quest to Read Them All is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

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I remember this as one of the classics from my childhood.  I loved how the animals had personalities, but they weren’t cliches.  The best part of rereading this book was the introduction!  It was written by A.A. Milne and made reference to Theodore Roosevelt.  I loved how Milne included Roosevelt’s letter and made reference to the fact that Grahame had moved away from his previous style with this book.  We also got a bit of background on Kenneth Grahame’s life outside of writing (he was the Secretary of the Bank of England).  I think I may have to unearth my copy of Winnie the Pooh for next month’s return to childhood read.  I wonder if adult eyes will bring a different perspective to the stories.

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