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In The Wind in the Willows, what is the tone?

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Tone refers to an author's attitude regarding a particular subject. It is more often than not conveyed to a reader through word choice. Tone is closely related to mood, but mood refers to the emotions and feelings being evoked from a reader. The Wind and Willows is a children's book, so that should guide your initial tone brainstorm path. It's not likely for the tone of a children's book to be acerbic and accusatory. Two tone words that I often associate with this story are "playful" and "animated." The characters in the book are so lively and filled with energy that a reader can't help but feel the author's love for things like play and nature.

The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when...

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