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The Wind in the Willows

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It's springtime and curious Mole, bored with housework, leaves his molehill to explore. At the riverbank he meets Ratty, a laid-back water rat. The two quickly become firm friends and Ratty introduces Mole to the exuberant Toad, a creature with a penchant for extravagant hobbies. When Toad becomes obsessed with motor cars, his increasingly wild driving causes concern for Ratty and Mole, and they enlist the help of wise Badger. Together they reprimand Toad, locking him in his bedroom at Toad Hall. Toad escapes, but his theft of a car lands him in court and he's sent to gaol (jail).

Toad is in luck, though, when the gaoler's daughter takes pity on him and helps him to escape. He evades the police in a thrilling railway chase and then stumbles upon a barge woman who lets him hitch a ride. Toad rejoins Ratty and Mole and is horrified to discover Toad Hall has been overrun by stoats and weasels. Back at Badger's house, the four friends hatch a plan to regain control of the Hall. A terrific battle ensues and, with the help of Mole's new found courage, the foursome triumph.

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