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The Wind in the Willows as Eco Story, by Nancy Adams

With my mind still lingering on toads after finishing the piece on Orwell’s essay several weeks ago, I was delighted to discover a fascinating post by Nancy Adams, a fellow wordpress blogger over at Saints and Trees, exploring The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s tale. A brief excerpt:

“Toad in many ways is given more human attributes than the others, a fact that sets him apart—and seldom in a good way. In fact, I now wonder if Grahame’s rather satiric portrayal of Toad is meant as a comment on human foibles, particularly our fascination with technology, which we see all too often as a toy for our own gratification rather than a tool to benefit society at large…” The Wind in the Willows as Eco Story

I have not read the book, but have put it on my to-read pile. My personal experience with the story and its characters came chiefly from the BBC television show produced in the 80’s, undoubtedly a major contributor to my fondness for stop-animation. Rediscovering  the song from the introduction brought back a lot of nostalgic memories.


  1. I *have* read Wind in the Willows, many times, and I highly recommend it. In fact, I re-read this book at least once a year, and have done since I was eight years old. I still have my original copy, with illustrations by E.Shepherd in pen & ink. The book was formative for me, and probably still is. The book and its lovely illustrations awoke in me an enduring affinity for nature, and also for drawing!

    • Ooo now I’m even more excited about the book.

      I was doing some searches yesterday and came across E.Shepherd’s work, just incredible, classic stuff. Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh – a giant in book illustrations.

  2. Thanks so much, Isaac, for focusing on my blog post! I am so touched and flattered. The edition I read as a child (and still have, and frequently reread) is the one with illustrations by Dick Cuffari, which I dearly love, but I’m now anxious to look at the pictures by E. Shepherd, too.

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