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The Water Babies - Illustrated Emil Weiss by Charles Kingsley

The Water Babies - Illustrated

Emil Weiss by Charles Kingsley

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Young Tom is a chimney-sweepers boy who one day falls into a river and drowns, only to be transformed into a water-baby. Through his encounters with friendly fish, curious lobsters, and characters such as Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby, he sloughs off hisMoreYoung Tom is a chimney-sweepers boy who one day falls into a river and drowns, only to be transformed into a water-baby. Through his encounters with friendly fish, curious lobsters, and characters such as Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby, he sloughs off his selfish nature and earns his just reward. Toms comic adventures are constantly interrupted by Kingsleys sideswipes at contemporary issues such as child labour and the British education system, and they offer a rich satiric take on the great scientific debates of the day. The storys linguistic and narrative oddities make it an unclassifiable fantasy that is both a naturalists handbook and an aquatic Pilgrims Progress, and its vibrant symbolism also reveals some of Kingsleys more private obsessions regarding cleanliness and sanitation reform. This new edition reprints the original complete text and illustrations, and includes a lively introduction and notes that reveal the full richness of this bizarre but compelling fairy tale.