Kenneth Grahame

  • Ils sont quatre : quatre aventuriers plus ou moins pantouflards du monde animal à vivre l´aventure quotidienne de la vie. Il y a les deux amis, Rat et Taupe, le sage et bourru Blaireau et l´entêté, vaniteux et totalement irresponsable Crapaud par qui tout ou presque arrive. Ces quatre-là suivent les saisons, le cours de l´eau et racontent en un livre magique tout ce qui fait le prix de l´existence : peur, amitié, désir d´ailleurs, perte, abandon, espoir...


    « Oui, il s'agit bien d'un livre magique. Quelque chose en lui réenchante le monde, le repeint inlassablement d'une nouvelle couche de mystère. J'envie le lecteur qui s´apprête à ouvrir ces pages pour la première fois ; il va pénétrer dans un pays accueillant où l'attendent des compagnons qui, de toute sa vie, ne le quitteront plus. » Alberto Manguel

  • When Mole goes boating with Ratty instead of doing his spring-cleaning, he discovers a whole new world. As well as adventures on the river and in the Wild Wood, there are high jinks on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. Can they join together and beat the wretched weasels once and for all?

  • Kenneth Grahame's enchanting children's classic, illustrated in colour.

  • Une enfance au bord de la rivière : celle de l'auteur visiblement, même s'il ne se nomme pas - et même s'il s'amuse (peut-être) à romancer un peu...
    On vit avec les animaux - et un peu comme eux -, on joue aux Indiens, aux pirates, on fréquente dragons et monstres. On se risque aux premières amours, on s'expose aux premiers conflits. On dévisage le monde navrant des adultes. Et l'on devine à la fin qu'une méchante porte va devoir se erefermer sur tout cela... Reste que la poésie, comme un lutin, a réussi à se faufiler sous cette porte et trouve le moyen de nous accompagner « longtemps encore » une fois la dernière page tournée. C'est elle qui nous livre ici, comme en contrebande, cette perception d'un temps sans bornes que nous pensions avoir perdue pour jamais : toute l'éternité du monde contenue dans un après-midi d'août. Le plus beau cadeau, sans doute, qu'un lecteur petit ou grand puisse se faire à lui-même. On réédite ici Jours de rêve (composé de deux récits qui n'en font qu'un) dans la légendaire traduction que Léo Lack avait donnée avant-guerre au Mercure de France ; en même temps qu'on remet au jour le chef-d'oeuvre de Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), Le Vent dans les saules, dans une traduction nouvelle. Deux récits qui se donnent l'air d'avoir été écrits « pour la jeunesse », mais dont Borges ou Alberto Manguel aujourd'hui ont fait leurs compagnons de toute une vie.

  • When Mole goes boating with Ratty instead of doing his spring-cleaning, he discovers a whole new world. There are high jinks on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad become friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels once and for all?

  • Dans un village situé au fin fond de l'Angleterre, un petit garçon passionné par les livres et les histoires de chevalerie découvre près de chez lui, dans une grotte, un très vieux dragon, au caractère assez surprenant : c'est en effet un dragon poète, qui n'aime pas du tout se battre ! Hélas, la rumeur de la présence du dragon se répand bientôt dans le village : le célèbre saint Georges est appelé à la rescousse et accourt pour occire le monstre.
    Mais le petit garçon prend la défense de son nouvel ami et saint Georges se rend bientôt à l'évidence : ce dragon est tout à fait inoffensif. Cependant, pour ne pas décevoir les villageois, il faut tout de même leur offrir le spectacle d'un combat... Ce conte tendre et souriant du grand écrivain Kenneth Grahame enchantera tous ceux, petits et grands, qui eux non plus n'ont rien de particulier contre les dragons.

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  • Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' So says Rat to Mole, as he introduces him to the delights of the river and his friends Toad, the spirit of rebellion, and Badger, the spirit of England. But it is a world where the motor-car is about to wreck the gipsy caravan, the revolutionaries in the Wild Wood are threatening the social fabric, the god Pan is abroad, and the warm seductive whispers of the south are drifting into the English lanes.

    An international children's classic, The Wind in the Willows grew from the author's letters to his young son, yet it is concerned almost exclusively with adult themes: fear of radical changes in political, social, and economic power. Mole's acceptance into the conservative world of the River Bank, and Toad's wild attempts to escape from it, are narrated in virtuoso language ranging from lively parody to elaborate fin-de-siècle mysticism. A profoundly English fiction with a world following, it is a book for adults adopted by children, a timeless masterpiece, and a vital portrait of an age.
    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' So says Rat to Mole, as he introduces him to the delights of the river and his friends Toad, the spirit of rebellion, and Badger, the spirit of England. But it is a world where the motor-car is about to wreck the gipsy caravan, the revolutionaries in the Wild Wood are threatening the social fabric, the god Pan is abroad, and the warm seductive whispers of the south are drifting into the English lanes.

    An international children's classic, The Wind in the Willows grew from the author's letters to his young son, yet it is concerned almost exclusively with adult themes: fear of radical changes in political, social, and economic power. Mole's acceptance into the conservative world of the River Bank, and Toad's wild attempts to escape from it, are narrated in virtuoso language ranging from lively parody to elaborate fin-de-siècle mysticism. A profoundly English fiction with a world following, it is a book for adults adopted by children, a timeless masterpiece, and a vital portrait of an age.
    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • The much-loved classic tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad.

    When Mole goes boating with Ratty instead of doing his spring-cleaning, he discovers a whole new world. As well as adventures on the river and in the Wild Wood, there are high jinks on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels once and for all?

    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2008.

  • A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Jennifer Bassett Down by the river bank, where the wind whispers through the willow trees, is a very pleasant place to have a lunch party with a few friends. But life is not always so peaceful for the Mole and the Water Rat. There is the time, for example, when Toad gets interested in motor-cars - goes mad about them in face . . . The story of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad has been loved by young and old for over a hundred years.

  • A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Retold for Learners of English by Jennifer Bassett. Down by the river bank, where the wind whispers through the willow trees, is a very pleasant place to have a lunch party with a few friends. But life is not always so peaceful for the Mole and the Water Rat. There is the time, for example, when Toad gets interested in motor-cars - goes mad about them in face . . . The story of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad has been loved by young and old for over a hundred years.

  • Mole and Rat have a pleasant life by the river, where they talk, boat and wile away the days. The wise and private Mr Badger lives sedately in the Wild Woods, content in his solitude. Then there's Mr Toad - wealthy, impulsive and utterly obsessed with motor cars, he's always getting into scrapes and can't survive without the help of his friends.One of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame remains a timeless tale of camaraderie, loyalty and bravery more than a hundred years after its first publication. With sixteen gorgeous colour illustrations by the celebrated Arthur Rackham, and an afterword by author David Stuart Davies.

  • "Dream Days" is a whimsical collection of Kenneth Grahame's nostalgic childhood reminiscences and joyful children's stories. Told from the point of view of a boy and his siblings, this 1898 collection explores the blooming, magical imagination of childhood. Contains the popular story "The Reluctant Dragon", the basis for the famous 1941 Disney movie of the same name.

  • "There's nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as messing about in boats."

    Mole is a good-natured, home-loving mole, who has never gone anywhere. But one Spring he gets so sick of cleaning his home that he abandons everything and ventures out into the world. He soon meets a friendly rat, who shows him the Thames and introduces him to variety of whimsical characters.

    Like some of the best children's classics - `Alice in Wonderland', `Winnie the Pooh' and `Peter Pan' - `The Wind in the Willows' (1908) started as adult simply inventing stories to tell a child. In 1949 it inspired the Disney movie, `The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad'.

  • Dream Days is a collection of children's fiction and reminiscences of childhood written by Kenneth Grahame. A sequel to Grahame's 1895 collection The Golden Age (some of its selections feature the same family of five children), Dream Days was first published in 1898 under the imprint John Lane: The Bodley Head. (The first six selections in the book had been previously published in periodicals of the day - in the Yellow Book, the New Review, and in Scribner's Magazine in the United States.) The book is best known for its inclusion of Grahame's classic story The Reluctant Dragon.

  • The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames valley. The classic story of how Rat, Mole, and the other river bankers saved Toad from his excesses. This book has it all: excitement, sentiment, destruction of private property (plenty of that), paganism, and a happy ending. The prose is beautiful and occasionally requires the use of a dictionary. Written as a children's story, The Wind in the Willows is enjoyed by many grown ups who relish Grahame's ability to evoke the long summer days of childhood.

  • B. J. Harrison Reads The Wind in the Willows Nouv.

    Hear the beloved children's tale as read by B.J. Harrison. "The Wind in the Willows" follows the eventful adventures of four animals: Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger, as they navigate twists of friendship, dangers and changing surroundings. This 20th-century novel has become known and loved through countless adaptations on the screen and stage alike, including the animated Disney adaptation The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) and the British film The Wind in the Willows (1996) starring Steve Coogan.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was a Scottish writer of children's stories loved by children and adults alike. He is perhaps best-known for his novel "The Wind in the Willows" from 1908, featuring memorable animal figures and the especially beloved Toad character. The story has inspired numerous adaptations, with film adaptations including the British film The Wind in the Willows (1996), featuring Steve Coogan. Part of the story was also adapted by author A.A. Milne for the play "Toad of Toad Hall" in 1929.

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