Grahame's tale of the pleasures of country life and the dependability of good friends never seems to grow old. This novel, based on bedtime stories he used to tell his young son, concerns a group of animals (Mole, Rat, Badger) who try to curb Toad's reckless behavior before it's too late. Includes 109 watercolor vignettes and images of 12 oil paintings. 220 pages, hardcover. NorthSouth Books.