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Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875; Robinson, W. Heath (William Heath), 1872-1944, il. The adventures of Tom, a sooty little chimney sweep with a great longing to be clean, who is stolen by fairies and turned into a water baby. Heath (William Heath), 1872-1944, ill. Publication date.

Though The Water-Babies has had great popular success since first publication, especially in the UK, it. .

Though The Water-Babies has had great popular success since first publication, especially in the UK, it has frequently been read in abbreviated versions with many of Kingsley's often lengthy asides on politics, religion, education, and other pressing topics of the day omitted. The work is greatly enhanced by Professor Kelly's many scholarly appendices and numerous instructive annotations on the text.

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As he meets and befriends his fellow water babies, as well as all sorts of sea creatures, he begins to learn some valuable lessons. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Instantly popular upon its initial publication in 1863, The Water Babies is at once a bewitching childhood fantasy and a skillfully woven moral allegory.

A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. By Charles Kingsley Introduction by Richard D. Beards Notes by Richard D. Beards. A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. About The Water-Babies.

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley. Written in 1862-1863 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, it was first published in its entirety in 1863. The book was extremely popular during its day, and was a mainstay of children's literature through the 1920s Added to basket.

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley. The book was extremely popular during its day, and was a mainstay of children's literature through the 1920s. Imprint: Penguin Classics. Published: 28/08/2008. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.

The Water Babies (Paperback). Published August 28th 2008 by Penguin Classics. Author(s): Charles Kingsley, Richard D. Beards (Annotations). Water Babies: The Fairy Tale for a Land-baby (Paperback). Paperback, 198 pages. ISBN: 0143105094 (ISBN13: 9780143105091). Published July 1st 1995 by Puffin Classics. Paperback, 256 pages.

Kingsley ostensibly wrote The Water-Babies for his infant son, but its erratic flights of fancy are .

Kingsley ostensibly wrote The Water-Babies for his infant son, but its erratic flights of fancy are liable to take it beyond the immediate comprehension of adults and children alike. He writes with vibrant and humorous symbolism, fierce satire, and uninhibited imagination. The Water Babies by Charles Kingley, Illustrated by Warwick Goble. A lovely fable and fairy tale!

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

The beloved Victorian children's tale now available in its original unabridged editionInstantly 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.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Rolling Flipper
Ten year old Tom is a young chimney sweep who lives in a great town in the North country of England. He has never been taught to say his prayers or even heard of God and Christ except in cursing. He works for an abusive master named Mr. Grimes who drinks beer and smokes a pipe. One day, while cleaning chimneys in an upper-class house, he accidentally comes out in the room of a young girl named Ellie where a nurse accuses him of breaking in to steal. He runs away, falls into a river, and is transformed into a “water-baby,” as he is told by a caddisfly. There he begins his moral education under the major spiritual leaders of his new world such as the fairies Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby (a reference to the Golden Rule), Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid, and Mother Carey, as well as Ellie, who became a water-baby after he did.

In his final adventure, Tom must travel to the Other-end-of-Nowhere in an attempt to help Grimes, his old master, who is being punished for his misdeeds. Will Tom be successful? What will happen to him? Author Charles Kingsley was a minister, and even though he was an advocate of Christian Socialism and a supporter of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, Water-Babies is a didactic moral fable that is thematically concerned with Christian redemption. Kingsley also includes satire about child labor and how England treats its poor. The children’s novel was written in 1862 and 1863 as a serial for Macmillan’s Magazine; it was first published in its entirety in 1863. In the style of Victorian-era novels, it expresses many of the common prejudices of that time period, with dismissive or insulting references to the poor, Americans, Jews, blacks, Catholics, and the Irish. The story was extremely popular in England, and was a mainstay of British children’s literature for many decades, but these views may have played a role in its gradual fall from popularity.

While the book was written for children, much of it will be best understood by adults. It abounds in references to faith (“The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see”), Scripture quotations (“’We are fearfully and wonderfully made,’ said old David”), and the desire for heaven (“But we, I hope, shall go upward to a very different place”). One reader reviewer noted, “But do NOT buy the abridged version (Puffin). One thing that is taken out is Kingsley’s many sarcastic references to American democracy. The publishers have taken out the anti-American sentiment to sell more copies to Americans.” Evidently, my version is unabridged. Additionally, perhaps some of the other prejudicial items were removed to make it less offensive, and possibly some of the adult satire was omitted to make it more understandable for children. There is a lot of description with many side comments, so it does read rather slowly at times, but it is still interesting.
Bolv
The Water Babies by Charles Kingley, Illustrated by Warwick Goble. Dover Edition.

One of my favorites from my childhood. A lovely fable and fairy tale! Stunningly gorgeous illustrations! A hardworking boy, transformation into a water baby, good fairies, an entire undersea world - pure magic! A treat of a story that makes one WANT to be honest, trustworthy, courageous, determined, considerate, kind, caring, and good! The beauty and benefits of this story far outweigh its few flaws from a dated past.

Somewhat passé today in our politically correct society due to the complacent English prejudices (hopefully only from the era in which it was written) mentioned in it. Racial stereotyping was completely acceptable in children's books (and society as a whole) not just in England but everywhere and not that long ago.

The one bit that stuck with me was something to the effect ... If you ask Paddy (as a symbol for the entire Irish population!) a question and he lies in answer, don't get angry at him as he doesn't know any better. Egads. Hard to believe but sadly too believable. I'm Irish therefore I lie?? OMG!! But in fairness, in the beginning chapters of the book, the author did have the fairy godmother type take the form of a wholly admirable and beautiful Irish peasant woman to look out for and talk to our hero, Tom :-)

As an Irish-American who has never experienced any anti-Irish prejudice, I thoroughly enjoyed this book both as a child and still love it as an adult. So don't let my prejudice comment stop you from reading the book. It's old, from another era, and the author had a well-meaning, kindly but unthinking and sometimes ridiculous victorian paternalistic attitude towards the Irish that I found at worst irksome but easily ignored. It snuck in here and there but was not the focus of the book. And he certainly was not rabidly anti-Irish as some from his era were. Actually, I got the feeling that the author was probably a bit forward thinking and more kindly inclined to the Irish for his time though still a product of his own upbringing and times.

I know that "politically correct" is often made fun of nowadays. I'm all for it in modern lit simply because - to our children- kindness, fairness, and equality will simply be taken for granted one day. And that would be a wonderful thing! But at the same time I would hate for any lit from the past to be white-washed or cleaned up simply to meet today's standards. It is part of a historical record. One day, racial stereotyping will simply be a ridiculous primitive practice from the past. Both kids and adults will enjoy wondering innocently how people could ever have been so silly! Re-writing classics or the past serves no one.

Overall, this is a sweet, wholesome, moral and still very appealing book which I would be happy to gift to any child or adult! It still has much to offer the modern reader.
Xurad
This seems to be a scan of a slightly abridged American edition a couple of decades later than the original, from which a number of the most beautiful passages have been left out, presumably on the grounds that they might confuse or bore the American reader.
Vit
I was given this book as a child and try as I would, I could not read it, so gave up. 60 years later I have just read it on my Kindle and loved it! And understood why I couldn't get on with it as a child. The book is very much a satire on all aspects of society of that time - social, political, legal - and this is quite lost on a child. I love his invented words and names, and appreciated the many references to real events and persons of both Kingsley's present day and past eras.

Must clarify on the question about violence: violence at a child's fantasy level, much in the way that children love cartoons despite the beatings, clobberings, flattenings etc.
The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (Penguin Classics) download epub
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Richard D. Beards,Charles Kingsley
ISBN: 0143105094
Category: Teen & Young Adult
Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
Pages: 224 pages