Wind in the Willows, The Musical

“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?


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!


  1. Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap

    I had this book as a child but don’t think I ever read it!! I bet I would be one who preferred the theatre to the book! Hope it is fab! xx #wotw

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

  2. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    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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  3. Rachel George

    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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  4. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    I’ve heard really good things about the show so I hope you have a great time! I used to have a little condensed illustrated version of the Wind in the Willows which I loved, back in the day! 🙂
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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 😉

  5. 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

  6. Tooting Mama

    I never read this book when I was little, but I’d love to take the kids to the musical. I think I’ll get the book for my kids though, I really want them to get into the children’s classics.
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    • Yes, I agree. I strongly recommend reading the book to your kids first. That’s what we did with T 🙂 She loved it.

  7. Fashion and Style Police

    I can’t remember reading this book as a kid. Sounds like a good read.

  8. Donna Vallance

    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

  9. Chloe Ciliberto

    Wind In The Willows was one of my favourite books when I was small. What a lovely tradition and great chance to see it come to life. I do love the theatre. x
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