The Picnic | 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.

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, Mole was spring cleaning his underground burrow when he was hit hard by spring fever. He ran up into the sunshine and befriended a water rat on the River Thames. The mole then not only sees a river for the first time but has his first boat ride. We will pick up at the start of their delicious picnic.