The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby

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The beloved Victorian children's tale-now available in its original unabridged edition

Instantly popular upon its initial publication in 1863, The Water Babies is at once a bewitching childhood fantasy and a skillfully woven moral allegory. Tom, a young chimney sweep, escapes his horrendous job and his cruel boss, Grimes, when fairies plunge him into a fantastical world under the sea. As he meets and befriends his fellow water babies, as well as all sorts of sea creatures, he ...

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Overview

The beloved Victorian children's tale-now available in its original unabridged edition

Instantly popular upon its initial publication in 1863, The Water Babies is at once a bewitching childhood fantasy and a skillfully woven moral allegory. Tom, a young chimney sweep, escapes his horrendous job and his cruel boss, Grimes, when fairies plunge him into a fantastical world under the sea. As he meets and befriends his fellow water babies, as well as all sorts of sea creatures, he begins to learn some valuable lessons. Much in demand by scholars, this authoritative new edition-featuring the Victorian illustrations from early editions-will charm children and adults alike.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805502978
  • Publisher: Hart Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1977
  • Pages: 319

Meet the Author

Charles Kingsley (1819—1875) was an Anglican minister, the Regius Professor of History at Cambridge, and the author of numerous novels, including Westward Ho! He also wrote poetry, sermons, and magazine articles. Richard D. Beards is an associate professor of English at Temple University.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    A very rare and magical story for brilliant young minds

    I remember this book after 50+ years since my childhood. This is the very earliest book from childhood, I can recall. The story and pictures made such an impression on my very young mind. I'd forgotten how the story started but never forgot those enchanting water babies! I MUST have this book to read to my granddaughter. I know it will be THE book she will never forget, as well. Seems the books of today are very skimpy on imagination and have little redeaming value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    This one is an abridged version.

    This is a book of great charm, but in the original it has a lot that is pretty ethnically insulting. The author also had strong feelings about various forms of government (including US) that he was quite eager to display. I didn't feel the bowdlerization helped soften the blows that much, and it did make the book seem a little thin. The Penguin edition is unabridged, and you can judge the author and his opinions more objectively. It is of historical interest for its early support of Darwinism, for its concern with the abuse of child labor, and other issues. Bite the bullet and buy the unabridged version. Don't feel too guilty about reading the slurs; if none of your ancestors is among the insulted, you are in a very small minority indeed.

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

    I Love this Book!!

    The Water Babies was my favorite book growing up. My sister still has the original book we had as children.
    I have one at my home for my grandchilren to look at and am now buying one for my first Great Grandchild.

    A must have.

    I DO want to get it in hardback though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    First Book I can remember as a child

    I am 56 Years old. This book was the very first book that made such an impression on me that to this day I still remember it. I could not have been more than 5 years old and have been looking for it for years. I cannot wait to share it with my granddaughter!

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