The Wind in the Willows

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  • About the Book:

    Since its first publication in 1908, generations of adults and children have cherished Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.

    In this entrancing, lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds live four of the wisest, wittiest, noblest, and most lovable creatures in all literature—Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall. Like true adventurers, they glory in life’s simplest pleasures and natural wonders. But it is Toad, cocky and irrepressible in his goggles and overcoat, whose passion for motorcars represents the free and fearless spirit in all of us; just as it’s Toad’s downfall that inspires the others to test Grahame’s most precious theme—the miracle of loyalty and friendship.

    About Jason Layh: 

    Jason has been, among other things, the book buyer here at Alpenglow Sports for the last 5 years and the inspiration behind the community book event. He is antipodean by nature, yet has called Tahoe 'home' for the last 20 years. Always ready to go for a ski, swim or bike in a new location and often looking for an excuse to do so. As his page turns to a new chapter in his life, Jason would like to take the opportunity to thank the local community that has been so fun to play with over these past few decades.

    Why Jason Chose This Book: 

    “Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes!’ ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new! Then some day, some day long hence, jog home here if you will, when the cup has been drained and the play has been played, and sit down by your quiet river with a store of goodly memories for company.” As a young boy I had my mother read and reread this passage to me over and over again. And even now, many decades later, this page continues to tug at something deep down inside that yearns to be satisfied.