Presents the further adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad, and Badger, four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside.
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Grade 5-7 They are here again: wonderfully bombastic, boastful Mr. Toad from Toad Hall; tactful, sympathetic Water Rat; the wise, caustic Badger; Otter, who gives his support when needed; and Mole, perpetually ingenuous. They are alive and well on the Riverbank, still vexed by the Wild Wooders and bamboozled by Toady. Only half as long as Grahame's The Wind in the Willows , each adventure is bursting with wry mirth and well worth the sometimes taxing load of British terms. In the first, Toad organizes a cricket match which turns into a melee because of his irascible behavior. In another adventure Toad is enthusiastic about a hot-air balloon. An unfortuitous impact results in him becoming not bewitched by motor-cars, but by flying-machines. In the final chapter, an early snowfall causes Water Rat to pursue weather aphorisms, finally settling on an adage that would predict an immediate flood. When the Wild Wooders are rallied to join the Riverbankers, Ratty leads them in building a raft that will save them all, but it is Toad who is the real hero. This book captures the warmth, the joy, and the charm of the original, although it is more subtle, its humor more sophisticated. This is sure to appeal to sixth and seventh graders who loved The Wind in the Willows in fourth or fifth grade. Lucy Hawley, Wescott School Lib . , Northbrook, Ill.
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Book Description Mammoth, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110434980315