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The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby
By Charles Kingsley, Brian Alderson (editor) and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date March 14, 2013
Pages 235
Binding Hardcover
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780199645602
ISBN-10 0199645604
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.86 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $21.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 'this is all a fairy tale...and, therefore, you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true'

The Water-Babies (1863) is one of the strangest and most powerful children's stories ever written.

In describing the underwater adventures of Tom, a chimney-sweeper's boy who is transformed into a water-baby after he drowns, Charles Kingsley combined comic fantasy and moral fable to extraordinary effect. Tom's encounters with friendly fish, curious lobsters, and characters such as Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby are both an exciting fairy tale and a crash course in evolutionary theory. They also reflect the quirky imagination of one of the great Victorian eccentrics. Tom's adventures are constantly interrupted by Kingsley's sideswipes at contemporary issues such as child labor, and they offer a rich satiric take on the great scientific debates of the day.

This edition reprints the original complete version of the story, and includes a lively introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and an appendix that reprints Kingsley's first attempt to describe the mysterious creatures that live under the sea.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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Hardcover
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With Brian Alderson (other contributor), Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr (March 14, 2013); titled "The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby"
9780199645602 | details & prices | 235 pages | 6.00 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $21.95
About: 'this is all a fairy tale.
With Benita Nichols | from J M Dent & Sons Ltd (January 1, 1983)
9780460050371 | details & prices | List price $15.50
This edition also contains Rags to Riches Part Five: The Trash Man Takes a Wife
About: This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
from Hart Pub Co (May 1, 1977); titled "The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby"
9780805512076 | details & prices | List price $10.00
About: The adventures of a runaway chimney sweep who is taken by the faires and changed into a water baby.
Paperback
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from Createspace Independent Pub (February 13, 2016); titled "The Water-babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby"
9781530021741 | details & prices | 124 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.28 in. | 0.53 lbs | List price $5.99
from Createspace Independent Pub (December 15, 2014); titled "The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby"
9781505560039 | details & prices | 168 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.38 in. | List price $8.95
About: The Water BabiesA Fairy Tale for a Land BabyBy Charles KingsleyThe Complete ClassicSummaryThe protagonist is Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river after encountering an upper-class girl named Ellie and being chased out of her house.
With Brian Alderson (other contributor), Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr (September 10, 2014); titled "The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby"
9780199685455 | details & prices | 235 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.95
About: 'this is all a fairy tale.
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 23, 2014); titled "The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby"
9781500619657 | details & prices | 176 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.40 in. | List price $8.95
About: Voted Top in 100 Books for Children - The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley.
With Richard D. Beards (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (April 29, 2008); titled "The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby"
9780143105091 | details & prices | 198 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $14.00
About: The beloved Victorian children's tale now available in its original unabridged editionInstantly popular upon its initial publication in 1863, The Water Babies is at once a bewitching childhood fantasy and a skillfully woven moral allegory.
With Warwick Goble (other contributor) | from Dover Pubns (June 16, 2006); titled "The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby"
9780486450001 | details & prices | 156 pages | 8.25 × 10.75 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 1.14 lbs | List price $14.95
About: The adventures of Tom, a sooty little chimney sweep with a great longing to be clean, who is stolen by fairies and turned into a water baby.
from Kessinger Pub Co (March 31, 2004); titled "The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale For A Land Baby"
9780766189553 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $30.95
About: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Simon Vance (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (June 1, 2013); titled "The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby"
9781470888763 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A classic since its first publication in 1863, The Water-Babies is the story of a little chimney sweep named Tom and his magical adventures beneath the waves.

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