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The Wind in the Willows—Chapter 2: The Open Road

This is part 2 of a 12-video series of a reading of The Wind in the Willows by Alastair Roberts.

If you are unfamiliar with Kenneth Graham's book, this reading is a great introduction.

Like The Lord of the Rings, The Wind in the Willows is a breath of fresh air to my soul!

I hope you enjoy this reading!

Video from Alastair Roberts

The Wind in the Willows—Chapter 2: The Open Road

"The Wind in the Willows, a book of linked animal tales by British writer Kenneth Grahame that began as a series of bedtime stories for his son and was published in 1908. The beautifully written work, with its evocative descriptions of the countryside interspersed with exciting adventures, became a classic of English children’s literature.


The tales relate the adventures of several animal friends and neighbors in the English countryside—primarily Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. Although the animals converse, philosophize, and behave like humans, each creature also retains its distinctive animal habits. The story begins when Mole decides to go to the riverbank one morning rather than do his spring cleaning. There he comes across his friend Rat, a water rat, and they spend the spring and summer together. One day they visit the irrepressible, generous, and boastful Mr. Toad, owner of Toad Hall, who possesses large amounts of money but not much brain. Toad is given to fads, and Mole and Rat join him in an excursion in his present enthusiasm, a horse-drawn caravan (a cart with beds and cooking equipment), until a speeding automobile frightens the horse and wrecks the caravan. Toad is mesmerized by the car. Mole and Rat later go to the Wild Wood to visit the kindly and responsible Badger, to whom they report that Toad has bought and smashed several automobiles..." from the article: The Wind in the Willows

"Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) works for the Theopolis and Davenant Institutes. He is the author of Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption Through Scripture (Crossway, 2018) and the forthcoming Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes. He participates in the Mere Fidelity and Theopolis podcasts, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, posts regular videos on theology on his YouTube account, and tweets at @zugzwanged..." from the website:

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