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The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby


A timeless Victorian tale of adversity, adventure, and trumph told in the orgianl unabridged edition Tom, a young chimney sweep, toils under the misery of his horrendous job and cruel boss, Grimes, until fairies turn him into a water-baby-an underwater sprite. Plunged into a fantastical world under the sea, Tom encounters many adventures and learns valuable lessons from all sorts of sea creatures including their rulers, Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid and her sister, Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby. Under their tutelage, Tom embarks on a daring rescue and regains his human from once again. Instantly popular upon it initial publication in 1863, The Water-Babies is at once a skilfully woven moral allegory and a bewitching childhood fantast. Introduction and Notes by RICHARD D. BEARDS