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Parents' Guide to

The Wind in the Willows

By Tara L. Rivera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+


The book uses the word ass at least 11 times and also other inserts such as stupid, fool, idiot. My 12 year old was upset
age 6+

My six year old enjoys reading it

My 6 year old is reading this book to us at night, he usually can make it through a chapter a day or sometimes half a chapter. So far he really enjoys it. We have to help him with some of the more unusual words (he got stuck on “thither” and “Frolicking” because he has never seen them before but was able to sound them out and then we explained what the words meant. ) He enjoys the story line so far and has been excited to catch up with the characters at night before bed. We explained “ass” is another word for donkey and it wasn’t an issue, he continues to enjoy reading the book. He’s a fairly advanced reader for his age so I’m not sure if most six year olds could read this book without help but would certainly enjoy parents reading along with them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (10 ):

A timeless classic for generations, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS may be difficult for today's kids in terms of its language and pacing. But parents can help in a read-aloud setting. Patrick Benson's cross-hatched drawings in this edition are so similar to Ernest H. Shepard's original ink drawings that they don't add anything particularly new.

Wealthy, spoiled Toad has a way of getting his friends in trouble, especially when he gets a motor car, but he can always count on Mole, Water Rat, and Badger to get him out again. Friendship drives this social structure and this story.

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