Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Wind in the Willows


To honor the PSv3 element, Air, I am reading the classic storybook, The Wind in the Willows. I read a bit each evening to my daughter as she falls asleep, and I struggle not to read ahead long after she slumbers. I am currently knitting the warm shawl which at the moment is a large black rectangle; dense and boring. I would rather share an airy and charming excerpt from the first chapter of the book, in which we meet Mole, emancipated from spring cleaning:
" It all seemed too good to be true. Hither and thither through the meadows he rambled busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses, finding everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting- everything happy, and progressive, and occupied. And instead of having an uneasy conscience pricking him and whispering "Whitewash!" he somehow could only feel how jolly it was to be the only idle dog among all these busy citizens. After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working."

6 comments:

the Lady said...

I never actually read this, though I sure did watch the cartoon movie over and over again! I'll have to find a copy. I sure did love being read to as a child - though I also had the problem you're having, and would read ahead after my mom was done!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I read Wind in the Willows years ago to Jack at the beach. It was a comforting way to drift off after a day of sun and sand ...

Carmen said...

Love, love, love this book! My mom kept me well stocked with classics and this was one of them. Mole was my favorite because I felt the most like him, but I secretly loved Toad as well.

Tora said...

I read the book as a child, but I actually don't recall much from it, although I do remember I liked it! And what I sure like now, is having big enough kids to read books we all enjoy. I think that is a wonderful way of spending time together.

jessicrum said...

The Wind in the Willows is one of my all time favorite books! That's so sweet that you're reading it to your daughter.

Jami said...

I, too, love Wind in the Willows! I was reading the paper today and came across a local craft blogger. Thought you might want to check her out if you haven't already. www.vhanna26.typepad.com. Enjoy and y'all have a great weekend!