The Water Babies
Tom, a poor orphan, is employed by the villainous chimney-sweep, Grimes, to climb up inside flues to clear away the soot. While engaged in this dreadful task, he loses his way and emerges in the bedroom of Ellie, the young daughter of the house who mistakes him for a thief. He runs away, and, hot... show more
Tom, a poor orphan, is employed by the villainous chimney-sweep, Grimes, to climb up inside flues to clear away the soot. While engaged in this dreadful task, he loses his way and emerges in the bedroom of Ellie, the young daughter of the house who mistakes him for a thief. He runs away, and, hot and bothered, he slips into a cooling stream, falls asleep, and becomes a Water Baby. In his new life, he meets all sorts of aquatic creatures, including an engaging old lobster, other water babies, and at last reaches St Branden's Isle where he encounters the fierce Mrs Bedonebyeasyoudid and the motherly Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby. After a long and arduous quest to the Other-end-of-Nowhere young Tom achieves his heart's desire.
Publish date: December 5th 1999
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Fairy Tales
What a weird little book. I owned a copy of this book as a child and never read it. Now I know why--lots of it is just so much babble to a child. Without the historical notes in this copy of the work, I wouldn’t have had a clue about a lot of the details included in it. I have to wonder who gave...
bookshelves: re-read, winter20092010, published-1863, adventure, britain-england, fantasy, fraudio, kiddlewinks, play-dramatisation, victorian Read in January, 1962 ** spoiler alert ** It's a toss up whether I read this or What Katy Did as my first ever read.to.myself.but.not.for.school book. It ...
I loved, loved this book as a child and gave to my daughter when she was little. She grew up to be an artist and told me that the strange intriguingly illustrated world of this book was one of her influences. Below are some images from the book:
I could only take about 70% of this, and am actually amazed that I made it that far. The author is prejudiced (against the Irish and the Americans) and extremely condescending. I did like the background info that the author was a Preacher who wrote this in support of Darwin. So I guess he gets pr...
I have such fond memories of this book from childhood, that I thought I would take the chance to re-read it. There are horrible bits in it that I obviously didn't pick up on when I was a child, but other than that, it was as good as I remember.Some of the sentences are very long, and the words used ...