The Wind In The Willows

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  1. Vernon LaRue

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    Anyone ever read this? It's a book I find myself going back to. Love the fun and freedom of two buddies messing around on boats all day.
     
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    The title is familiar, but I do not think that I have read this book. Can you tell us more about it , please, @Vernon LaRue ?
    I do remember the song, and it was one of my favorites back in the 50’s. I know it has nothing to do with the book, but just had to mention it.

     
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    Is that an adaptation of the British children's book about critters mucking about on the water?

    I recall the original by reference only...I never read it.
     
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    The Wind in the Willows is a delightful children's book. But I think it works best as a read aloud book. I'm not sure a 7 or 8 year old can read it well. I absolutely love the illustrations in my copy.

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    We had that when I was a child so I'm sure I read it. I don't remember much about it, though. The illustrations remind me of the Br'er Rabbit books.
     
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    OMG! The Br'er Rabbit books. I never laughed so hard as I did when Br'er Rabbit got stuck to the Tar Baby and told Br'er Fox to throw him in the briar patch.

    The Uncle Remus stories always had a lesson. It makes me sad that they are not available anymore. I have a copy of a book that has them in the original version.
     
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    I love me some Joel Chandler Harris.

    The fake pleas of "Please don't throw me in the briar patch" have resonated throughout my life with so many human manipulators, as have a lot of the lessons in Aesop's Fables.
     
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    They're still available, but probably not in schools.

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    Back on-topic, though, I see that The Wind in the Willows has several adaptations, including operas, musicals, animated films, and even a live action TV film.
     
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    I saw that as well. Then last year (I think it was 2020) someone made an all-female version of the book. Now all the fictional animal characters are fictional female animal characters. Makes me feel fictionally empowered...or fictionally animalistic...or something.

    It's funny, as familiar all this is to me, I still do not recall ever having read it. Is this book something that regained notoriety in our adult lives so as to put it on my radar screen then? It ain't ringing any preadolescent bells.
     
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    I know we had it at home when I was a kid, and I read everything I could get my hands on. The Uncle Remus and Br'er Rabbit stuff creeped me out when I was very young, for reasons I'm not sure about, but I still read them.

    Now that someone mentioned it, I am probably going to end up buying The Wind in the Willows.
     
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    The Uncle Remus stuff had the weird Tar Baby that was not animated to be a living creature. It creeped me out as well.
     
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    Ken, I'll sell you my copy if you have enough money. It ain't cheap, though. :D
     
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    About ten bucks on Amazon - free in the Kindle version - so I think I'll stick with that, thank you - not the Kindle version, but the $10 copy.
     
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    It is.
     
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