Happy Birthday- Kenneth Grahame (March 8, 1859-July 6, 1932)
There is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth as simply messing about in boats. Rat speaks from Chapter 1
"Wind in the Willows", a children's classic, was written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. It is a book that can be read more than once enjoying the adventures of the main characters Mole, Ratty, Mr. Toad and Mr. Badger down by the riverbanks of the Thames.
Grahame, a banker, retired from The Bank of England, spent his free time down by the River Thames doing much as the characters in his book would do-namely boating. He originally wrote the stories of Mole, Ratty, Mr. Toad and Badger as bedtime stories for his son Alistair. When the book was finally published and in its 31st printing, the famous playwright A.A. Milne, who loved the story, adapted part of it for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall in 1929.
My all time favorite chapter of the book is when the arrogant, shrewd, self-absorbed but mischievous Toad figures out how to steal a motorcar.
But never a name to go down to fame
compared with that of Toad.
Chapter 10 Toad