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Sharing a Good Book - The Wind in the Willows

Just starting a new book, that was recommended by a fellow blogger mom for third grade.  We read the first chapter of The Wind in the Willows this afternoon, after our walk in the park.  It was a nice afternoon for such, and the story is really charming.  We are reading the version by Robert Ingpen, which has such idyllic paintings and drawings.  Somehow it reminds me a bit of Beatrix Potter's works, but for an older child.

It already seems the perfect story for the third grade child, "absorbed in the new life he was entering upon, intoxicated with the sparkle, the ripple, the scents and the sounds and the sunlight, he trailed a paw in the water and dreamed long waking dreams."

The impertinent mole rushes ahead of himself to do something which he very well cannot, but in his youthful foolishness, is so eager to do, that both he and his new chum topple over into the water.  But like a youthful heart, he is full of remorse for his ill deed, and even sheds some tears, which his friend pretends not to see, allowing him to collect himself.

Even those few passages harken back to a bygone era of propriety... nice lessons for today's youth.  I think we will enjoy reading this over the next few we head into winter.  as I sip a delicious vanilla tea that takes me away to a time when I myself was "absorbed in a new life...."


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