Ils sont quatre : quatre aventuriers plus ou moins pantouflards du monde animal à vivre l´aventure quotidienne de la vie. Il y a les deux amis, Rat et Taupe, le sage et bourru Blaireau et l´entêté, vaniteux et totalement irresponsable Crapaud par qui tout ou presque arrive. Ces quatre-là suivent les saisons, le cours de l´eau et racontent en un livre magique tout ce qui fait le prix de l´existence : peur, amitié, désir d´ailleurs, perte, abandon, espoir...
« Oui, il s'agit bien d'un livre magique. Quelque chose en lui réenchante le monde, le repeint inlassablement d'une nouvelle couche de mystère. J'envie le lecteur qui s´apprête à ouvrir ces pages pour la première fois ; il va pénétrer dans un pays accueillant où l'attendent des compagnons qui, de toute sa vie, ne le quitteront plus. » Alberto Manguel
"There's nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as messing about in boats."
Mole is a good-natured, home-loving mole, who has never gone anywhere. But one Spring he gets so sick of cleaning his home that he abandons everything and ventures out into the world. He soon meets a friendly rat, who shows him the Thames and introduces him to variety of whimsical characters.
Like some of the best children's classics - `Alice in Wonderland', `Winnie the Pooh' and `Peter Pan' - `The Wind in the Willows' (1908) started as adult simply inventing stories to tell a child. In 1949 it inspired the Disney movie, `The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad'.
"Dream Days" is a whimsical collection of Kenneth Grahame's nostalgic childhood reminiscences and joyful children's stories. Told from the point of view of a boy and his siblings, this 1898 collection explores the blooming, magical imagination of childhood. Contains the popular story "The Reluctant Dragon", the basis for the famous 1941 Disney movie of the same name.
Dream Days is a collection of children's fiction and reminiscences of childhood written by Kenneth Grahame. A sequel to Grahame's 1895 collection The Golden Age (some of its selections feature the same family of five children), Dream Days was first published in 1898 under the imprint John Lane: The Bodley Head. (The first six selections in the book had been previously published in periodicals of the day - in the Yellow Book, the New Review, and in Scribner's Magazine in the United States.) The book is best known for its inclusion of Grahame's classic story The Reluctant Dragon.
The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames valley. The classic story of how Rat, Mole, and the other river bankers saved Toad from his excesses. This book has it all: excitement, sentiment, destruction of private property (plenty of that), paganism, and a happy ending. The prose is beautiful and occasionally requires the use of a dictionary. Written as a children's story, The Wind in the Willows is enjoyed by many grown ups who relish Grahame's ability to evoke the long summer days of childhood.
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Biogeochemistry of Marine Systems considers issues of marine system resilience, focusing on a range of marine systems that exemplify major global province types but are also interesting and topical in their own right, on account of their sensitivity to natural or anthropogenic change or their importance as ecological service providers. Authors concentrate on advances of the last decade.