Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows
  • The Wind in the Willows

  • One of 4 special Puffin Classics designed to raise awareness of world environmental issues.

    Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There's boating with Ratty, a feast with kindly Badger and rumbustious fun with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. But deep in the Wild Wood the villainous weasels lurk, intent on causing trouble...

    Surrounded by the secret beauty of riverbanks and forests, this special edition of The Wind in the Willows is inspired by Earth Day, and introduced by actor and environmental activist Bonnie Wright.the much-loved classic tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad.

    Also in Green Puffin Classics
    THE JUNGLE BOOK
    THE CALL OF THE WILD
    THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on 8 March 1859. He was brought up by his grandmother and spent much of his time exploring the woods and wildlife near his home, but was also a gifted scholar and captain of the school rugby team. He was sent to work in a bank, which he disliked, but it was while he was working there that he began writing, and soon became a successful author. The Wind in the Willows is based on letters and bedtime stories that Graham thought up for his son, Alistair, who was nicknamed 'Mouse'. A neighbour convinced Kenneth that he should turn the stories into a book, but when he did, it was rejected by all publishers except one. It wasn't until the then President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, said how much he loved the book that readers began to take notice. After that, The Wind in the Willows became a bestseller, and was even turned into a play with the help of A.A. Milne, the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories. Kenneth Grahame retired from the bank in the year The Wind in the Willows was published, and he died in 1932.