Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Grahame!

Happy birthday, Kenneth Grahame! Grahame is the Scottish author of the much loved children's book The Wind in the Willows. The story of Mole, the Water Rat, Badger and Mr. Toad is believed to have originated in bedtime stories that Grahame told his son. The story tells of the adventures of the wandering friends with underlying references to kindness, patience, hard work and loyalty. Although hard to believe, the book was panned by adults and children alike when published. Luckily, Grahame sent a copy of the book to US president Teddy Roosevelt, who loved it. Sales increased soon after!

Go to the library or you can read the story online. Older kids can do a worksheet or make some wildlife crafts and younger ones can make a toad mask or do some coloring to celebrate Grahame's birthday today!

Image credit: (Telegraph)

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