“Spring was moving in the air above and the earth below and around him…”


Plucked from my shelf just moments ago, this lovely book for the Classic Children’s Literature Challenge: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Even the first few lines bring joy to my heart:

“The Mole had been working very hard all morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and wear arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.”

Please feel free to join me in reading this little book, only 240 pages, before April’s end. It’s so winsome.

Classic Children's Literature Event


15 thoughts on ““Spring was moving in the air above and the earth below and around him…””

  1. Sometimes I can’t help but find it a bit uncanny how often we wind up reading the same books at the same time – talk about great minds thinking alike 🙂


    1. I didn’t know you were reading it, too! It just seems the perfect book for spring, and I have been needing something light after all those intense Man Booker International Prize books.


  2. Oh, that is so perfect for April! I associate The Wind in the Willows with Christmas, because a collection of Christmas stories we had growing up included the Christmas chapter, but that opening speaks spring. Enjoy!


    1. I have no recollection of the Christmas bit, just like I didn’t even remember it in Emma, but I will be looking forward to getting there again. Thanks for hosting this wonderful challenge! I love children’s literature.


    1. I know what you mean about not wanting to reread something that hold special memories, that happened to me when I reread The Thorn Birds. But, I have read The Wind in The Willows several times now, and it never disappoints. Such is the pleasure of a beautifully written classic. I suspect you might find the same.

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  3. The description of the little earthen houses in all of the fairy tales makes me want to move right in. Especially if spring cleaning is started and breakfast begun. But Toad Hall sounds inviting too.


    1. Look at you with your memory, which never ceases to amaze me! No detail is too small for your sharp mind to retain! Yes, let’s go to Toad Hall. Let’s bag spring-cleaning altogether.


  4. Believe it or not, I have never read this. I’ve always wanted to, but for whatever reason I never pick it up. The only contact I’ve had with the characters is through animation, such as Disney.


    1. It is a light and easy read, Ryan, perfect for springtime. But, don’t let “light and easy” trick you into thinking “trivial and meaningless”. It’s so, so good, with several life lessons, at least for me.


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