The Wind in the Willows

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Language: English
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The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. It details the story of Mole, Ratty, and Badger as they try to help Mr. Toad, after he becomes obsessed with motorcars and gets into trouble.

Plot Summary

The story begins with Mole, who is tired of his spring cleaning and decides to go for a walk in the woods. He comes across a river and decides to take a boat ride. He is accompanied by Ratty, a water vole who lives in the riverbank.

Mole and Ratty become friends and spend their days together boating, fishing, and exploring the countryside. They meet other animals, including Badger, a wise and old badger who lives in the woods, and Mr. Toad, a wealthy and eccentric toad who loves fast cars.

Mr. Toad becomes obsessed with motorcars and gets into a series of accidents. He is eventually arrested and thrown in jail. Mole, Ratty, and Badger go to his rescue and break him out of jail. They take him to Toad Hall, his home, and try to help him get over his obsession with motorcars.

Mr. Toad eventually reforms and becomes a respectable member of society. He agrees to drive slowly and carefully, and he no longer gets into any trouble. The story ends with Mole, Ratty, and Badger enjoying a picnic by the river.


The Wind in the Willows explores a wide range of themes, including:

  • Friendship: The novel is a story about the power of friendship. Mole, Ratty, and Badger are close friends who support each other through thick and thin.
  • Adventure: The novel is full of adventure. Mole and Ratty explore the countryside, go boating, and fishing. They also meet a number of interesting characters, including Mr. Toad.
  • Home: The novel is a story about the importance of home. Toad Hall is a symbol of home for Mr. Toad, and it is a place where he can feel safe and secure.


The novel features a cast of memorable characters, including:

  • Mole: The protagonist of the novel, Mole is a curious and adventurous creature. He is new to the riverbank and he is eager to learn about it.
  • Ratty: Mole's best friend, Ratty is a wise and experienced creature. He teaches Mole about the riverbank and he helps him to make friends.
  • Badger: A wise and old badger who lives in the woods, Badger is a respected member of the animal community. He is there to help Mole and Ratty when they need him.
  • Mr. Toad: A wealthy and eccentric toad who loves fast cars, Mr. Toad is a bit of a troublemaker. He gets into a series of accidents and he eventually ends up in jail.


The Wind in the Willows is a beloved children's novel that has been enjoyed by readers of all ages for over 100 years. It is a story about friendship, adventure, and home, and it continues to be relevant and engaging today.

The novel has been adapted into a number of films, television shows, and stage plays. It has also been translated into more than 60 languages.

Some of the novel's most famous quotes include:

  • "There is nothing more terrible than to know that one is responsible for the well-being of another."
  • "The greatest mystery of all is the soul of man."
  • "The heart is stronger than the head."
  • "The only way to escape fear is to face it."
  • "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."


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