• Un matin de printemps, M. Taupe est attiré hors de son logis par les bruissements de la nature. Son chemin va croiser celui de l'astucieux M. Rat, de l'imposant M. Blaireau et, surtout, de l'incorrigible et vaniteux M. Crapaud. Entre après-midi de canotage, expéditions périlleuses dans le terrible Bois Sauvage et embarquées fantastiques, les quatre amis vont vivre d'inoubliables aventures.Dans cette merveilleuse fable, Kenneth Grahame réaffirme le pouvoir de la nature face à l'industrialisation croissante de l'Angleterre édouardienne et fait l'éloge de la solidarité contre les comportements égoïstes. À la fois roman d'aventure, parodie de la société humaine et ode à la nature, Le Vent dans les saules est un immense classique de la littérature anglaise.Édition et traduction de Sophie Chiari.

  • 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?

  • 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.


  • HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.
    'There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.'
    A timeless and celebrated children's classic, Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has delighted for nearly 100 years. In the idyllic English countryside, Mole, Badger, Rat and Toad encounter adventure at every turn - whether it's gipsy caravans, Rat's love for the river, or Toads passion for motorcars, the loveable friends and their escapades continue to delight children and adults alike.

  • "Ho! ho! I am the Toad, the motor-car snatcher, the prison-breaker, the Toad who always escapes!" Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger, and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad. But when Toad's attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin, and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.BACKSTORY: Get outdoors and explore the natural world, and test your knowledge of The Wind in the Willows.

  • This hardcover edition of the classic tale of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has been read and loved by children for generations. Start a new tradition of reading this timeless tale in your home today!
    -Fully illustrated in color, bringing each tale to life
    -Filled with humor, adventure and imagination for children of all ages
    -Great first-time reading for children as well as reading again for parents and grandparents
    -Beautiful story and unforgettable characters

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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.

  • The tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel which leads him and his friends on a whirl of trains, barges, gipsy caravans and motor cars and even into battle.

  • Benjamin Lacombe rassemble des illustrateurs et illustratrices ayant une âme et un esprit communs. Reprises fidèles ou réappropriations modernes de grands classiques, ces albums portent une certaine solennité, une beauté formelle et onirique.

    Dix ans après Trois Hommes dans un bateau de Jerome K. Jerome, le chef-d'oeuvre de Grahame en emprunte le goût tout britannique du canotage et du badinage, appliqué aux animaux du bord de l'étang. Ici un rat calme, une taupe timide, un blaireau ombrageux et un crapaud orgueilleux vivent comme des bourgeois de la campagne anglaise, s'invitant les uns les autres à visiter leurs terriers. Ces personnalités si fortes et si typiques se frottent jusqu'à créer des péripéties hilarantes. Ainsi la passion de Crapaud pour les voitures rapides l'expose à tous les dangers et oblige ses amis à se liguer pour le défendre...

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