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“In which those of us who are familiar with the Rat and Mole hail them as old friends. And for those of you who aren’t, well, you should put this book down right away and ask your librarian for the first book so you won’t be entirely clueless.” Ready for another adventure with our friends Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger? We were first introduced to them in the classic tale The Wind in the Willows, where we learned that Mole was prone to overcoming fears with the help of refined Ratty and spunky but foolish Toad. Return to the Willows is the sequel in which Jacqueline Kelly continues the crazy antics that these four are prone to embark upon, with a voice that emulates the original classic. By now Mole has overcome his fear of water and boats, being found constantly in the presence of Ratty floating down the river. Toad (with his thoughtlessness that teaches the reader many important lessons that never seem to imprint on “professor” Toad himself) has now moved on from racecars and boats to a whole new level that involves balloons and flying! After being told that moles do not belong on the water – let alone in the air – will Mole let that stop him from floating away, like a bird? Return to the Willows is full of challenges, lessons, and helpful footnotes that add humor to the shenanigans of the four beloved characters. According to Publishers Weekly, Kelly did not know exactly when she decided to write a sequel to the “comfort novel” she loved to read as a child, she just knew she wanted to write about the characters she treasured so much. Kelly, originally from New Zealand via Canada, now resides in Texas. A doctor and a lawyer by trade, she has now found happiness in writing children’s fiction. Her first novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, received the 2010 Newbery Honor. She was featured at the 2009 Festival.
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