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The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby
By Charles Kingsley and Warwick Goble (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date June 16, 2006
Pages 156
Binding Paperback
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486450001
ISBN-10 0486450007
Dimensions 0.50 by 8.25 by 10.75 in.
Weight 1.14 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Embarrassed by his grimy appearance in the presence of an immaculate little girl, ten-year-old Tom—an ill-treated London chimney-sweep—promptly runs away. Diving into a river, he enters a magical underwater world where he meets wee creatures of the deep, and learns about goodness, fairness, and "right and wrong." Young readers will find themselves anticipating with pleasure the frequent appearances of such enchanting characters as Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby, a fairy queen who takes many forms in the course of the tale.
Charles Kingsley's story of the virtues of good conduct and useful living was one of the English clergyman's many tales that were meant to draw attention to the evils of nineteenth-century life—among them, enforced child labor. From its poignant look at a young sweep's grim life to its intriguing philosophy on the nature of fairies, the book can be read and re-read from childhood to old age. Immensely popular when first published in book form in 1863—it was originally serialized—this beloved classic will captivate today's readers as much as it stirred imaginations well over a century ago.


Editions
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
With Benita Nichols | from J M Dent & Sons Ltd (January 1, 1983)
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
The price comparison is for this edition
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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