illustrated portraits of Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger set against a woodland scene

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

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Grahame focuses on the mammals, and one amphibian, that live in and around a river. What else can be found in a riverbank ecosystem? Write a 500-word essay considering Grahame’s depiction of a riverbank as it compares with actual river ecology.

Read Animal Farm, by George Orwell. How does his use of anthropomorphized animals differ from that of Grahame’s? How are they similar? What sort of literary devices does each take advantage of through the use of animals?

Read or attend a performance of A. A. Milne’s Toad of Toad Hall. Milne did not cover the events of all the chapters in The Wind in the Willows. Identify a chapter that was omitted by Milne. Write a stage version of that chapter and direct a performance of it.

What literary work is Grahame referring to when he titles the final chapter of The Wind in the Willows The Return of Ulysses? What parallels can be made between Toad and the protagonist of this literary work?

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