In this excerpt from Stage One’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Toad fantasizes about owning a horse, eliciting a variety of reactions from his forest friends Otter, Mole, and Rat.
Discuss the techniques employed by the actors to become the characters in The Wind in the Willows. How successful were the actors in portraying a toad, mole, otter, and rat?
Discuss the dramatization of a work of literature. Assign readings from the book The Wind in the Willows. Then discuss how successful the playwright was in transforming a work of literature into a play.
Incorporate into a math lesson on proportion. Analyze things proportional to Mr. Toad. For example, his clothes are all proportional to him, but he lives in a world of humans where things are proportional to humans, which makes Mr. Toad look quite small. Consider proportion in the scenario presented in this excerpt. How would Mr. Toad ride a horse?
Use this excerpt as a supplement to reading The Wind in the Willows in a language arts class.
For a social studies connection, examine England during the time The Wind in the Willows was written. How does the story portray social, political, economic conditions of the time? What statement does Grahame make about society through this story?
The Wind in the Willows is a classic children’s story by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. The characters are animals and the setting is the English countryside. The story’s popularity is due to its timeless portrayal of friends and themes such as kindness, loyalty, encouragement, and patience, to name a few. The characters are endearing to any audience. Throughout the book, they interact in such a way that demonstrates sometimes the whole is greater than its individual parts. The Wind in the Willows captures true friendship at its best and remains a timeless piece of American literature.
Stage One’s production of The Wind in the Willows brings to life the children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame. In Stage One’s adaptation of the story, the audience experiences the endearing characters and their interaction with one another. This is a great example of literature brought to life through dramatization.