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The Water-Babies

Ines Susan; De Hosson Charles; RoweKingsley

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ISBN 10: 0905895509 / ISBN 13: 9780905895505
Published by Dragon's World January 1980, 1980
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Title: The Water-Babies

Publisher: Dragon's World January 1980

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good - Cash

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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The story is a series of picturesque allegories, where Tom meets talkative dragonflies, flees from evil otters, then learns the intricacies of river-life status from a majestic salmon. Susan Rowe's delicate, precise water colors throw a glowing new light on this eminent Victorian clergyman's extraordinary fantasy. This abridged version brings the story up to date an dis a perfect successor to previous editions.

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Among the most popular children’s books of the Victorian period, The Water-Babies continues to delight readers of all ages. It tells the story of a young boy named Tom, who escapes his harsh life as a chimney sweep by being transformed into a “water-baby.” His adventures underwater introduce him to strange animals, gentle fairies, and exotic seascapes, and Kingsley frequently digresses from the mythical narrative with his commentary on political and scientific topics. Many of Linley Sambourne’s remarkable illustrations from the 1886 edition are included in the text of the novel.

This Broadview edition reproduces the first edition of The Water-Babies, published in 1863. The appendices include a broad selection of other 19th-century children’s literature and excerpts from Kingsley’s essays on evolution, hygiene, and education.

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