Kenneth Grahame, ‘My dearest Mouse’

J.R.R. Tolkien, A letter from Father Christmas

This Treasure is paired with: J.R.R. Tolkien, A letter from Father Christmas (Letters from a father)

The Wind in the Willows began life as a series of bedtime stories told by Kenneth Grahame to his son, Alastair. These tales of talking animals so obsessed the small boy that he was only persuaded to go on holiday with his governess if his father sent further installments by post. And so the adventures of the mole, the water-rat and Mr Toad unfolded in these letters addressed to ‘My dearest Mouse’, the Grahames’ ironic nickname for their spirited son.

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