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The Water-Babies: A Fairy-Tale for a Land-Baby
The Water-Babies A Fairy-Tale for a Land-Baby Author:Charles Kingsley The story concerns the irrepresible chimneysweep, Tom, who is reborn as a four-inch water-baby when he tumbles his grimy, exhausted little body into the clear waters of a brook. Kingsley's sparkling water-world is drawn with both scientific accuracy (the meticulous account of the birth of a dazzling dragonfly) and joyous invention (the shoals of... more » tumbling water-babies who replant rock-pools with shells and seaweed after a storm). Best known of the characters are those alter egos, grim Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid, who teaches Tom right from wrong, and delicious Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby, who teaches him how to love.
(First published in 1862, this is a facsimile of 1915 edition, with 8 full-page plates in colour and 95 black-and-white drawings by W. Heath Robinson.)« less