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Read the following extract from The Wind in the Willows.
He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before – this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again. All was a-shake and a-shiver – glints and gleams and sparkles, rustle and swirl, chatter and bubble. The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when, tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
“… So – this – is – a – River!”
“The River, “corrected the Rat.
“And you really live by the river? What a jolly life!”
“By it and with it and on it and in it,” said the Rat. “It’s brother and sister to me, and aunts, and company, and food and drink, and (naturally) washing. It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got isn’t worth having, and what it doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. Lord! The times we’ve had together! Whether in winter or summer, spring or autumn, its always got its fun and its excitements. When the floods are on in February, and my cellars and basement are brimming with drink that’s no good to me, and the brown water runs by my best bedroom window; or again when it all drops away and shows patches of mud that smell like plum-cake, and the rushes and weed clog the channels, and I can potter about dry-shod over most of the bed of it and find fresh food to eat, and things careless people have dropped out of boats!”
Look for these words and highlight them:
Sinuous – having many curves and turns.
Entranced – fill (someone) with wonder and delight, holding their entire attention.
Procession – a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, especially as part of a ceremony. Synonym – parade
Insatiable – impossible to satisfy.
Brimming – be full to the point of overflowing.
Complete a checking by exploring for two of these words. (Fill in the sections you can)
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Write your own description of a river. You can use the words you have found in the story extract to help you.