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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.
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:
The novel features a cast of memorable characters, including:
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: