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March 27, 2014

3 Reasons Why 'The Wind in the Willows' is Perfect for Spring

windinthewillowsYou’ve probably noticed that our new poster for March is The Wind in the Willows which uses the entire text from Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful novel to form this rather (we think) awesome image. If you had a childhood steeped deep in the classics, someone probably read this book to you at some point. And then one day… like Mole burrowing his way to sunlight, you delved your way into this magical adventure on your own. There’s a lot to love about Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, and there’s plenty of good reasons why we think this book was ideal for creating a March-April art print. So here are a few thoughts on why The Wind in the Willows is an excellent spring choice: The novel starts in the Spring. Yep, that’s right. This book opens up with Mole working away at his spring cleaning. But eventually he succumbs to the wonderful call of spring (beccause who wants to clean when they can be out having fun) and burrows his way to the outside world. So begins his friendships with Ratty, Toad, and Badger! Kenneth Grahame’s birthday is in March. Kenneth Grahame was born March 8th, 1859 in Scotland. Although early March is still considered winter in most places, I think we can overlook that and simply say that Grahame is a spring born individual. It’s just more romantic to assume that his March birthday fostered a love for spring which led to him creating the beginning whimsical scene of his classic children’s novel. Grahame’s son was the inspiration for the character of Toad. Grahame’s son, Alistair, was born in early May and falls within our spring timeline. An impulsive and independent child, Alistair served as the inspiration for the rather reckless character of Toad. As a big favorite for readers everywhere, it’s heartwarming to think that Toad grew from the spunky real life character of a little boy. You’ll never see The Wind in the Willows the same way again. As we’re heading into April, it’s the perfect time to start spending quality time out in the spring weather reading some good books. The Wind in the Willows is just one of those. It’s easy to recycle Grahame’s beloved classic on a yearly basis and pull it out when the flowers start blooming, the sun starts shining, and the world seems young and full of possibilities. Give it a try! And while spring is in the air, be sure to let us know what you think of our new The Wind in the Willows poster. Do you feel it captures the lively spirit of the book?