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The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (Penguin Classics)

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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 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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A young chimney sweep enters a magical waterworld where he meets creatures that teach him the difference between right and wrong. Delightful characters such as Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby will enchant today's young readers just as they did well over a century ago. A lavish edition of a children's classic. 32 illustrations.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) led quite a wild life at university but, in 1842, he followed in his father’s footsteps and was ordained as a priest. He was a Christian Socialist and spent his life campaigning for such things as better education for girls, and improving the living conditions of the working class. Victorian society was very inflexible and Kingsley was soon branded as a radical. His patriotic attitude to the Crimean War (1854-66), made him acceptable again and he became Chaplain to Queen Victoria. Later, royal influence led to his appointment as a Professor of History at Cambridge University. During his ‘out of favour’ years he was a devoted priest in Hampshire and put his beliefs into practice. His work as a parish priest and his lecture tours as a Christian Socialist, always came first, leaving his writing to take second place.

As was common among Victorian writers, Kingsley often used his writing to give a social message. What made him different and special was his ability to tell good stories and to write them with real skill, taking them above the level of social tracts. The Water Babies is still his best known title. It tells the story of Tom, a badly treated ‘climbing boy’ (a chimney sweep), who escapes to find adventure as a Water Baby in an underwater land.

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Marjorie Madonne, September 21, 2010 (view all comments by Marjorie Madonne)
I read "Water Babies" as a child and adored the book. The review definitely makes me want to revisit it.
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egogrif, September 20, 2010 (view all comments by egogrif)
This is one of the strangest, most delightful little stories you will ever read! Like a literary version of a Victorian "cabinet of curiosities," the story is full of oddities and surprises and characters that are not easily forgotten. It will leave you scratching your head, to be sure...and make Alice in Wonderland seem tame by comparison! I couldn't put it down. I never knew what sort of strange things would happen to poor little Tom next!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143105091
Author:
Kingsley, Charles
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Beards, Richard D.
Introduction:
Beards, Richard D.
Author:
Beards, Richard D.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Chimney sweeps.
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 b/w illustrations
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.72x5.68x.59 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , A young chimney sweep enters a magical waterworld where he meets creatures that teach him the difference between right and wrong. Delightful characters such as Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby will enchant today's young readers just as they did well over a century ago. A lavish edition of a children's classic. 32 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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