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By the River Bank is inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s classic celebration of a lost rural idyll “The Wind in the Willows.”

We have drawn from some of the key themes in Grahame’s story to create our programme. We were particularly interested in the tension between home and security and the threat and adventure of the wide world. We wondered what we could do to help us manage our fears and anxieties.

We wanted to encourage children to contribute imaginatively to our story and create their own stories. Stimulated perhaps by nearly falling off the stepping stones, finding broken eggs with an arrow and wondering what might have happened. We would love to hear any of the children’s stories and pictures. You can send them to:

The characters we have created are not meant to be the animals in Grahame’s book but have some similarities.


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