Wind in the Willows, The Musical

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“The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

My in-laws gave T a lovely hardbound and beautifully illustrated book, Wind in the Willows many years ago.  I think she was barely one when they gave that book to her.  Apparently, it’s a standing tradition for them to give their grandchildren a copy of Wind in the Willows.  All her cousins have them, and she has one too.

Admittedly, T is still too young for this particular book.  It’s too wordy, although the illustrations are beautiful, the paragraphs are too long for a six-year-old.  When my husband reads it to her, he abridges it himself, just to stop T from fidgeting.

Months ago, when booking our tickets to see Mary Poppins, my husband saw an announcement on the Theatre Royal website about the new musical “The Wind in the Willows“.  Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes wrote the musical, along with the same people who did the spectacular musical Mary Poppins.  Excited, he quickly booked tickets for us.  And ever since then, T who loves musicals have been doing a countdown.  As of tonight, it’s only going to be one sleep left!  To make things even more fun, we are going to see it with one of T’s closest friend and her family.

This week it has definitely been all about going to the theatre for us.

Do you like the book Wind in the Willows?

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On a side-note, I’m over at the lovely blog “Little Hearts, Big love“, talking about parenting.  I know, as if I know much about it 😉  Do head over and have a visit.

Have a lovely weekend folks!

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    • Thanks. Same makers of Mary Poppins, so I’m guessing it will be a corker too! 🙂

  1. Oh I love the sound of a Wind in the Willows musical! It was one of my favourite books as a child although I agree it is probably too wordy for a 6 year old. Love that your in-laws have a tradition of giving a beautiful hardbound copy of it to all their grandchildren – what a wonderful tradition to have. Hope you enjoy seeing it at the theatre! 🙂 #WotW
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  2. We love going to the theatre and I wish I could take my 10 year old to see more shows. Unfortunately, our local theatre doesn’t yet have a fully accessible toilet so I can’t take him now he is too big for me to lift. I have been encouraging them as my son and many others are missing out. My husband would love to see Wind in the Willows.
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    • I read it as a child too, and good thing my husband I read the book to our daughter prior the show, if not I might be a little lost too 😉

  3. I haven’t read the book, but keep meaning to because I’ve heard so many good things,I love the theatre and musicals bet it will be amazing can’t wait to hear all about it xx

    • Yes, I agree. I strongly recommend reading the book to your kids first. That’s what we did with T 🙂 She loved it.

  4. The wind in the willows sounds great! I’ve been all theatered out this week ! I love the story of wind in the willows it would be nice to read it now as an adult x

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