Return to the Willows

Return to the Willows Mole Ratty Toad and Badger are back for rollicking adventures in this sequel to The Wind in the Willows With lavish illustrations by Clint Young Jacqueline Kelly masterfully evokes the magic of Ke

Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger are back for rollicking adventures in this sequel to The Wind in the Willows With lavish illustrations by Clint Young, Jacqueline Kelly masterfully evokes the magic of Kenneth Grahame s beloved children s classic and brings it to life for a whole new generation.

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  1. Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand and moved with her parents to western Canada at an early age She grew up in the dense rain forests of Vancouver Island, so you can imagine her shock some years later when her family moved to the desert of El Paso, Texas She attended university in El Paso and medical school in Galveston lovingly known as Galvatraz among the inmates She practiced medicine for many years and then attended the University of Texas School of Law She practiced law for several years before realizing that what would really make her happy is to write fiction Her first published short story appeared in 2001 in the Mississippi Review one of her proudest accomplishments Her debut novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, was released by Henry Holt on May 12, 2009 another one of her proudest accomplishments cmillan author jacque

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  1. How preposterous The cheek, to write a sequel to the beloved Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham Jacqueline Kelley has some audacity, but I have to commend her, for it is not misplaced Jacqueline Kelly has done an amazing job recreating the world of Ratty, Mole, Badger, the Weasels, and Toad plus a couple of great new characters, including a love interest for Ratty She has tapped into Graham s style and vocabulary giving each character distinct voices, just as one finds in the original And the [...]

  2. I have a confession I ve never read The Wind in the Willows It s not because I ve never wanted to or picked it up and put it down again It s just simply never been in my book pile when I ve had time to pick it up and I sort of always knew it was going to be around for me to read in years to come I don t have any problem with anthropomorphic animals, after all I m a huge fan of the Redwall series But for whatever compilation of reasons, I ve never picked up the original classic That s not to say [...]

  3. A fun romp with the Wind in the Willows bunch Kelly captures the original characters voices and personalities so well that Kenneth Graham might have been whispering in her ear as she wrote Footnotes throughout the book provide clever commentary I laughed out loud books that bring laughter are a gift.

  4. I m so skeptical of any messing around with books messing around with boats being totally fine , but have to say this one works Kelly clearly knows and loves the original and manages, as few have before her, to pay homage while creating something new at the same time She perfectly captures the nature of the three original heroes Ratty, Mole, and Toad and even manages to bring out gruff old Badger a bit And then she successfully adds in two new characters Toad s nephew Humphrey and a female baker [...]

  5. Return to the Willows is an adorable continuance of the original Wind in the Willows, and Jacqueline Kelly has done a fabulous job bringing the characters of the original classic to life again Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger are back, and new adventures abound in this adorable tale with wit, voice, and beautiful illustrations by Clint Young Though this is a chapter book, it is packed with a number of little adventures and amusing footnotes, making it an appealing story for young readers, and an enter [...]

  6. I received an ARC of this book a few days ago from McMillan Kids and immediately started reading and could not put it down I am a huge fan of The Wind in the Willows and still have my old hardcover copy from the ancient times This sequel for lack of a better word is such a sweet book and it remains true to the spirit of The Wind in the Willows All the wonderful characters are back along with some new ones The narrator is funny and a bit sarcastic I loved the wit and the intertwining of the old a [...]

  7. Ok, did you read Wind in the Willows It was one of my favorite books growing up I loved the animals and the grown up mannerisms and lighthearted adventures of these creatures It helped that I had Willows outside my window This book is a keeper, like on your special book shelf keeper No way is this book going to be loaned, selfish me Jacqueline Kelly has managed to capture the mood and feel of the original book, but what makes this book so special is the wonderful artwork, the special colored let [...]

  8. Jacqueline Kelly s Return to the Willows is a truly delightful read I instantly traveled back to my childhood and the joy of reading on a sunny afternoon All my favorite characters from The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame including Mole, Ratty, Badger and, of course, Frog return for a new adventure Kelly s style is reminiscent of Grahame s and I felt like I was meeting up with childhood friends She also includes numerous footnotes that help new reader s with British slang The illustrator, Cl [...]

  9. A Lovely Return to Kenneth Grahame s The Wind in the Willows It is difficult to believe that it has been over 100 years since the original book The Wind in the Willows , a classic of children s literature by Kenneth Grahame was first published in 1908 That novel children s book, alternately slow moving and languid and fast paced as in wild adventures, focused on four anthropomorphized animal characters Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger in a pastoral version of England That novel is notable for its mi [...]

  10. Very few times in all the years I ve been reading have I come across a book that is a sequel to a classic that manages to capture the essence of the first book we all fell in love with This one, unfortunately, is not one of those.The magic of the first book is lost in this one Instead, this sequel feels sluggish and, dare I say it, quite dull The main story doesn t start until way too late in novel, making me wonder how children, to whom this book is geared, will make sense of what s going on wi [...]

  11. Una lectura muy entretenida que contin a la historia iniciada por el sr Sapo y sus amigos Tej n, Rata y Topo en el Viento en los sauces Un cl sico maravilloso que no deber a pasar tan desapercibido en estos tiempos.La autora de La evoluci n de Calpurnia Tate ha escrito una secuela del maravilloso cl sico infantil El viento entre los sauces Kenneth Grahame Tambi n os lo recomiendo encarecidamente.Este libro est magistralmente ilustrado y divertirme de nuevo con el sr Sapo, Topo, Rata o Tej n no t [...]

  12. It s a sequel to the classic the wind and the willows However, the book can stand alone , and it isn t necessary to have read the original The book contains interconnected stories about the animals from the original, including the rat, the mole, toad and badger The animals all take on human characteristics and emotions The stories and adventures are fun, and try to teach lessons Additionally, have the characters learn moral tales as well.There are numerous footnotes throughout the book which ser [...]

  13. Grahame s cast of characters returns for new adventures mostly starring Toad s visiting nephew Humphrey, kidnapped by the Wild Wood s weasels and stoats to repair Toad s hot air balloon.Well plotted and engagingly told, this is a treat for its language though after a while that can get a bit tiresome I ve lost my enthusiasm for messing about with anything Footnotes translate the Briticisms for American readers Some of this is probably aimed at the adult Wind in the Willows lover, but good middl [...]

  14. This book is just beautiful All of it the language, the writing, the storyline, the jacket cover, the illustrations, the font, the binding, etc Kelly has done a wonderful job staying true to the original feel of the characters in Return to the Willows The annotations are not only educational, but funny.When I saw this book a brand new book just sitting on the stand in the children s section of the library, I just had to grab it As much as I like reading e books, I treasure beautiful books and th [...]

  15. Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly with illustrations by Clint Young continues the classic Kenneth Grahame story of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger s adventures Return finds Toady flying high in a hot air balloon and with his usual carelessness an accident occurs leaving his precious balloon lost in the Wild Wood In the meantime, Ratty falls in love and Toad s nephew Humphrey comes to visit for the summer with his latest hobby fireworks Toad lovers can guess what may occur when Humphrey is a [...]

  16. I love this book It s such a great sequel to the Wind in the Willows I originally wasn t planning on reading it, but the illustrations inside made me start the first chapter I couldn t put it down The characters are just as you remember them and I KNOW you ll love this book

  17. Cute story, beautiful pictures, awesome description and imagery Recommend for 6th grade and up because of some challenging words and phrases I didn t read The Wind In The Willows first and this one made sense and was still a fun read

  18. The author has thoroughly succeeded at capturing the characters of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger I enjoyed everything about this book

  19. rantingdragon return tWhen choosing to write a posthumous sequel to a book that is arguably one of the finest examples of children s literature to date, you must do so very carefully Kenneth Grahame s The Wind in the Willows, first published in 1908, laid the literary groundwork for novels such as Richard Adams s Watership Down and even Brian Jacques s Redwall series So to say the undertaking of a sequel is an ambitious task would be an understatement see William Horwood s questionable addition [...]

  20. Jacqueline Kelly has taken on the challenge of writing a sequel to Kenneth Grahame s The Wind in the Willows, one of the most beloved books written for children, and yet treasured equally and sometimes even so by adults Return to the Willows brings us back to the idyllic English countryside, complete with old friends Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger who get into countless adventures together Kelly captures these characters voices extremely well and gives a delightful picture of friendship, especiall [...]

  21. To attempt a sequel to one of the most beloved children s books in the Western cannon might seem audacious at best, arrogant at worst But with only a few missteps, Jacqueline Kelly manages to pull it off, and the result is a loving continuation of the whimsical adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, Toad, and a few new friends.The original 1908 classic is one of my favorite books of any genre I simply adore it I ve read it twice in the last 18 months, and I picked it up again tonight after finishing R [...]

  22. I won a free copy of the ARC through First Reads This was fantastically fun to read Unfortunately I never read The Wind in the Willows but I did see the cartoon rendition This book was very much in the spirit of that I really liked the author s quirky footnotes I think some of the vocabulary used is probably above the level of the targeted age group but Kelly did address a lot of these words with her footnotes I did find Toad to be absolutely annoying This was only made worse by his adventure as [...]

  23. Review first published on My Blog.A sequel to Wind in the Willows written many years after the fact and by a different author.Toad has a new obsession, hot air balloons, which leads our friends off to new adventures and even when his nephew, Humphrey, comes to visit with his scientific ways and keen interest in fireworks and other explosives The weasels and stoats are lurking in the shadows as well so one must be always on their guard but even worse than that, according to Mole, is the female w [...]

  24. First off I received this book for free from First Reads I read the original tale many many years ago and must confess that I don t really remember it any That said I read this as though it was my first experience with the characters and with no expectations or comparisons to the original I thought this was great I really enjoyed some of the little footnotes Although I knew what almost all of them were I found many of them comical but also great for a younger reader who would have no idea what w [...]

  25. First off let me go ahead and get this out of the wayI ENJOYED this book Ok now that I ve gotten that out of the way I loved how the book was written just like the original just without all the synonyms The writers stayed true to the original characters design, that was deffinantly a good thing Even though when you finished the book and thought back on it, you think Yeah I could see where it was going But you still feel the need to comment on sections of the book Such as Poor Ratty or Toad needs [...]

  26. First and foremost, the illustrations were beautiful I was particularly fond of the final illustration of Mole reading to his goddaughter, Wednesday I ll admit that when the story dragged a little, the promise of further pictures kept me going, and I would love to get a print of that last one.The story was charming, and reminded me of the original Wind in the Willows, although it s been a long time since I ve read it Return to the Willows actually made me want to literally return to the original [...]

  27. This sequel was only okay in my opinion I liked the series of 4 sequels written by William Horwood The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant, The Willows at Christmas, and The Willows and Beyond much better closer to the writing style of the original They may be harder to find I borrowed them from my local library, and my library had to send to get them from other libraries As for this attempt, my feeling was that the author was trying too hard to be funny Not a bad effort in general, but not one I [...]

  28. I loved the Wind in the Willows when I was growing upI didn t love this It did bring back some memories but I have to wonder how a younger generation is going to enjoy it I m not even sure in Wind in the Willows is still read Some of the language feels antiquated and the group of characters is a little dated too Regardless of how this book might now be received, I found this easy to put aside for other books The beginning was also a little weird as the main adventure didn t start for a bit and i [...]

  29. The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is that the author already had the characters developed for her in The Wind in the Willows That said Ms Kelly does a masterful job capturing the spirit and excitement of the original book All the characters are their as they bravely go off into new adventures The weasels are the villains but they really aren t that bad making their captive toad brush his teeth You always know how the book will end happy but it is a very creative journey along the [...]

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