Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Excerpt from "The Wind In The Willows"........




Illustrations by Michael Hague
The Wind In The Willows,
written by Kenneth Grahame.........

Ah, poor, poor Toad... He was so sad..... All he wanted to do was go home.......


An excerpt from The Wind In The Willows.............

"When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in it in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one's ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries. Toad sat up on end once more, dried his eyes, sipped his tea and munched his toast, and soon began talking freely about himself, and the house he lived in, and his doings there, and how important he was, and what a lot of his friends thought of him."


4 comments:

zetor said...

Poor Toad indeed. Years ago we took our daughters to see a live performance (actors in costumes) of 'Wind in the Willows' it was wonderful, we all can still remember it so well.

Barb said...

Love this story. This is one that I need to share with my granddaughters.

Thank you for reminding me of it.

hugs,
Barb

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

Ah, that irrepressible Toad. That character who makes us want to smack our foreheads in frustration and exclaim, 'No, Toad, NO!'

LOUISE said...

I love these tales for children (and adults) and illustrations. This story rather reminds me of the times my better half steals my hot toast right from under my nose! x

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