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Title:
The willows at Christmas
Author:
Horwood, William.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.

©1999
Physical Description:
244 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
When Toad's annual visitor, the disagreeable Mrs. Ffleshe, threatens everyone's Christmas cheer, Ratty, Mole, and Badger devise a plan to rescue their friend from his unwanted guardian.
General Note:
"Thomas Dunne books."

Sequel to: The willows and beyond.

Fourth book in a series continuing the story of: The Wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780312283865
Format :
Book

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Summary

The twelve days of Christmas are fast approaching and Mole is planning to enjoy every one of them with his River Bank friends. So when the normally cheerful Toad despairs at the arrival of Mrs. Ffleshe, an impossibly rude houseguest who every year sets out to protect Toad from overindulgence, Mole must do something about it. But the plan he hatches with Ratty, Badger, and Otter goes horribly wrong. With the prospect of spending Christmas in jail, Mole will have to work hard if he is to salvage some Christmas spirit for his friends.
"The Willows at Christmas" is the crowning achievement of William Horwood's enchanting sequels to Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." The new story is set just after the original, but before Horwood's critically acclaimed "The Willows in Winter." It will give pleasure to the countless readers around the world who have reveled in each new work. Merry Christmas


Author Notes

William Horwood is the author of the acclaimed Duncton trilogies. He lives in England
Patrick Benson studied at the Chelsea Art School and St. Martin's School of Art. He lives in England


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Mr. Mole, a newcomer to the River Bank community, has happily forged friendships with Ratty, Badger, Otter, and Toad, with whom he expects to celebrate Christmas. But Mole is baffled when his invitations are met coolly. Soon, the reason is revealed: Toad Hall used to be the center of the community's festivities, but now the horrible Mrs. Ffleshe swoops in each year and ruins the holidays. Mole decides to launch a campaign to bring Christmas back to the River Bank. The ride is not smooth, of course, and before the happy ending, we see Toad fling himself into the river, Mole get caught by weasel hoodlums, and the most magnificent jailbreak in history. Quite appropriate for children as well as adults, this fourth sequel to Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows is as delightful as its predecessors. The characters are well drawn, as the story perfectly demonstrates Mole's shy kindness, Toad's grandiosity, Ratty's resourcefulness, Otter's loyalty, and Badger's wisdom. With understated dialogue and endearing characters, this is a most pleasant celebration of the season. --Beth Warrell


Table of Contents

I Mr Mole Takes Actionp. 7
II The Villagep. 28
III Taken Alivep. 47
IV A Tale of Bleak Midwinterp. 63
V Below Stairsp. 79
VI On Christmas Evep. 97
VII The Final Strawp. 116
VIII Councils of Warp. 136
IX Under Lock and Keyp. 161
X Rescuep. 175
XI Lord of the Manorp. 207
XII Twelfth Nightp. 234