Monday, March 8, 2010

Today marks the birthday of author, Kenneth Grahame, born March 8th, 1859. Grahame wrote the well-known short story, "The Reluctant Dragon," but is most famous for "The Wind in the Willows" which was first published in 1908. Both books are much beloved and still enjoyed by children today. "The Wind in the Willows" has remained a classic of English literature and appeared in numerous forms from comic book versions to Broadway stage productions, TV shows, and films. It even inspired Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland.

Here's the answer to Friday's Famous Firsts: "When my brother Fish turned thirteen, we moved to the deepest part of inland because of the hurricane and, of course, the fact that he'd caused it." This first line is from Savvy written by Ingrid Law - 2009 Newbery Honor Book.

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