The Wind in the Willows is a classic novel by Kenneth Grahame. The stories in the book revolve mainly around a mole, a water rat, a toad and a badger. These main characters, along with the other animals, are anthropomorphic. They interact with humans and dwell in harmony together. Mole is a gentle and timid creature. Rat is quite practical and pragmatic. Mr. Toad is exceedingly wealthy and boisterous. Mr. Badger is elusive, but extremely wise. Their stories weave together throughout the book.
Mr. Toad is particularly amusing. One day, he brings along Rat and Mole for an exciting trip with his horse and gypsy cart. Suddenly, a “motor-car” drives by and knocks the gypsy cart to the side of the road. Mr. Toad is amazed by this new machine. He becomes obsessed with the idea of acquiring and driving a motor-car. This new obsession leads to many wild adventures, and many smashed motor-cars. Things really get out of hand when Mr. Toad goes so far as to steal a motor-car. He lands in prison for the crime, and finally begins to realize that his careless behavior has led to destructive consequences. Still, his daring antics are quite entertaining.
Overall, I think The Wind in the Willows is a delightful book. I loved reading about the little adventures of Rat and Mole, as well as the ongoing story of Mr. Toad. I especially enjoy the differing personalities of each character and how they interact with each other. The author incorporates various compelling themes, such as friendship, greed and redemption. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to readers of all ages.