Writer Allison Flood points out in the article that, beloved as it is now, The Wind in the Willows took a while to catch on. But once it did, it really took hold. I loved this quote from A.A. Milne on how he felt about the book:
". . .one does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love, and if she does not like it, asks her to return his letters. The older man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly. The book is a test of character."
I would call it a test of personality more than character. But I did love that book, especially the relationship between Mole and Ratty. I loved the way the book started with Mole digging his way to the surface because it was spring; I loved the river, and the visits to the deep woods, and meeting Badger. It's a book that did truly stick in my mind. If you loved it, too, be sure to read the article about some of the inspirations for it.
So what do you think? Are kids' books sticky because we read them when we are young and impressionable or is it the stories themselves?