Monday, July 13, 2009

The Wind in the Willows Redux

Like all literature, children's literature is about entering other worlds. If you were lucky enough to be read to as a child, you probably have fond memories of an adult leading you into these worlds. My father usually read to me at bedtime, and I remember enjoying the charming antics of the characters that inhabited Kenneth Grahame's, The Wind in the Willows. A good reader, my dad, he obviously imparted Grahame's wit in a way I understood, because I remember it was funny.

Originally published in 1908, this classic has been reissued in two new large format annotated editions - one edited by Annie Gauger, published by Norton, the other edited by Seth Lerer and published by Belknap, an imprint of Harvard University Press. 

I think I'll set out to rediscover that world. It won't be the same reading it to myself. I'll report back.

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