The Water Babies

The Water Babies

by Charles Kingsley

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The Water Babies
Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley's story of a boy chimney sweep is a children's classic. Sympathetically retold by Jane Carruth, the abridged text is complemented by Anne Grahame Johnstone's enchanting illustrations. Illustrated in full colour throughout, with a holographic foil cover.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780831713522
Publisher: Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/1990
Series: Children's Treasury Series

About the Author

Charles Kingsley is best known for writing The Water-Babies. Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879-1964) was a much loved British illustrator whose artwork holds a unique appeal to both children and adults. A huge commercial success during her lifetime, her illustrations are familiar from stories such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Wendy and The Water Babies, each recognized and loved as nursery classics around the world.

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The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
hnebeker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very old book but it was read to me as a child and I wanted to rediscover it. What a wonderful world Kingsley takes us to. I love the story of Tom the chimney sweep and remember wanting to be just like Ellie. While there are some editions that have illustrations and they are unbelievably beautiful, nothing can compare to the images I created in my imagination when this book was read to me. I had a wonderful experience of remembering many of them as I reread the book this last month. I don't hear of many people who know of this book anymore. It is an absolute classic and I implore you to read it and share it.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Victorian children's morality tale is one that I've not heard many other people mention and that is a shame. It is more sophisticated than many elementary school-aged books written now and yet still sweet. Tom, a little chimney-sweep who is smacked about by his master, is cleaning a chimney at a great house when he is mistakenly thought to be a thief. He is terrified and runs off, all the while trailed by the queen of the fairies. After encountering huge obstacles in his path and overcoming them, he faces more mistrust and so wanders off to bathe in the river. He falls in and is transformed into a water-baby. As a water-baby, he has many adventures and learns to be a better boy than he had ever been when on land. This story owes much both to Gulliver's Travels and to The Odyssey. There are many strange creatures who instruct Tom in what is right and good during his quest and he has a loyal girl waiting for him to come home to her during his strangest adventure. The language would probably be a bit tough for elementary school readers today, either because they didn't understand it or simply because it is quite ornate and descriptive, unlike today's books, but the creativity of the land in which the water-babies live and the creatures that populate it might help children overcome these difficulties. There were pockets of the story that were a bit tedious in their insistence on moral lessons being pointed out in case the reader missed the significance of Tom's experience but this is very much a hallmark of the literature of the time and didn't ultimately detract from the overall loveliness of the story.
wendyrey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not really a children's book , more early SF / modern morality tale/ social commentary . Firmly grounded in evolution and biology as known at the time, Tom the chimney sweep's boy is transformed into a miniature aquatic baby complete with external gills. He learns and develops in his new environment and evolves into a decent human being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOOKS HORIED i mean water babies:( different face frowny face
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JeanieJN More than 1 year ago
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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