Mr. Badger | The Wind in the Willows


Kenneth Grahame

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Tonight, we’ll read another excerpt from “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1908.

This story centers around four small animals: Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. Their stories take place in the countryside of Edwardian England.

If you’d like to start with the first episode, it aired on March 22, 2021. To follow along easily in order, go to

Grahame grew up on the River Thames. As secretary of the Bank of England,  he told his son bedtime stories that evolved into this book after he took an early retirement.  

In the last episode, the innocent Mole isn’t content with hibernating overwinter in the cozy domicile of his friend the water rat. He becomes obsessed with finding the mysterious Mr. Badger, who lives somewhere in the Wild Wood. Mole sets out to find him, and the Rat goes out to rescue him when he gets lost.