The Water Babies: For Ages 5 and Up.
Now as an adult, having read Goodreads reviews, I wonder what I would think of it. The implied tone of bigotry and morialist snake oil makes me pause about my rating.
For now it gets my best. When I re-read it, I will likely be angry and ashamed!
ETA: What I believe was de ...more
"Now you may fancy that Tom was quite good, when he had everything that he could want or wish: but you would be very much mistaken. Being q ...more
First fifty pages or so: 4-5 stars. I'm enjoying this for what it is--a fairy tale ostensibly for children. There's a little chimney sweep, the aforementioned Tom, who works for a cruel master. He encounters a beautiful--and clean--young lady but due to a misunderstanding is chased off her property.
Next fifty or so pages: 3 stars. Okay, so this has taken an odd turn and see ...more
But here's a sample - make of this what you will:
".... And that is the story of the Mayor of Plymouth, which has two advanta ...more
Tom is a young chimney sweep who, through a series of improbable events, becomes a water-baby and goes thorough all sorts of adventures, all of which have morals to teach, before becoming a creature of the land again, as a grown man. It i ...more
THE WATER BABIES by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, a Victorian era children's novel first published in book form in England in 1863, achieved a level of popularity for decades in its day that spurred me as an adult to read it a hundred and fifty years later.
Although it occupied a familiar place in British ch ...more
When I read that Charles Kingsley and Charles Darwin had been friends, I was so disappointed. Why? Why didn't dear Mr. D pull aside Mr. K and gently offer a sort of "I say old boy! This is bananas!" You know. Like they do. Or should have.
I started listening to a librivox recording while I was painting the room that is to become my new office-library. I had read about this author and had seen the title and knew, vaguely, that Mr. K was writing at about t ...more
The Book: Just absolutely delightful! Keenly imaginative, clever, and funny. Interwoven naturally with charming little lessons (which don't feel like lessons) about wildlife, biology, even geology and meteorology. Really very excellent morals throughout the whole tale. Keep Wikipedia and Google near at hand in orde ...more
I completely dislike the book in every way. The narrator/storyteller seemed to be a bit full of himself to be honest! I got the impression that he thought none of the characters were as wise and as knowledgeable as he. And I believe every character was called stupid or ugly at some point. Some were called both.
It was an easy read, but the story seemed to be a ...more
Basically, The Water Babies is a fairy tale about a young chimney sweep by the name of Tom, who drowns in a river (though the book avoids saying Tom died), and becomes a Water Baby. And once Tom becomes a Wat ...more
Reading this once was enough. Future self, if you ever forget what reading it was like and consider giving it another go? Don't.
A young chimney sweep, who is mistreated by his master accidentally frightens a young girl in the house they are working in. He runs off, fearing he'll be in trouble, and ends up drowning.
I enjoyed it up until this point. It was apparently meant to be a lesson on, amongst other things, child labor and the treatment of the boy by his master would be a ...more
Tom, a chimney-sweep under the drunk, foul-tempered Mr. Grimes, one day goes with him to do a job at the local lord's manor. He by mistake enters the room of a young girl, who is startled by his soot-covered appearance, and raises a fuss. Everyone chases him, and he flees only to die ("changed by a fairy") and be transformed into a water-baby. He then has to become a real man again.
It's just a mess of a book. Apparently, daughters of rich people are naturally perfect and be ...more
Come read me my riddle, each good little man:
If you cannot read it, no grown-up folk can.
Of course, The Water-Babies was wr ...more
Feel offended that goodreads recommended this to me. I deserve better.
However i re-read it a few weeks ago and it was so diffrent from what i remember. The book was packed full hiden hate towards the child labour of the time AND i mean theres just something sad about the book all together. When reading it, its hard to forget that the boy is dead throughout the story.
I feel like grabbing and shaking King ...more
The principal protagonist here is a 10-year-old boy, a chimney sweep who is being maltreated by his master. He turns into a baby who lives in water (a water-baby) because of a kind-hearted fairy. He has all sorts of adventures up to the story's happy ending (he even ...more
I've always had a sentimental feel about this book, which I must've read when I was about 12, so I was quite looking forward to reading it again. Sadly, although the general story is quite a lovely one, the story constantly wanders off at a tangent. I must have skimmed a good fifth of the book, just so that I didn't end up completely confused about what was going on with the storyline!
I've given The ...more
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As a children's book- a very crazy book. It has a strange rambling quality to it. You completely hear the old man's voice telling his tall, tall tales to his young boy audience. Bits of it reminded me of Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. She'd re ...more
The main character is Tom, a young chimney sweep who lives an utterly horrible life. He runs away after being falsely accused of theft, then proceeds to drown in a river and wake up in one of the strangest versions of purgatory depicted in fiction. He turns into a "Water Baby", apparently a small child with fins, and must experience a series of tests, ...more
Long story short: Chimney Sweep gets turned into a water baby, goes on lots of adventures and learns lots of lessons. A rather typical "shove tons of moral lessons down children's throats" sort of attitude, a strange amount of Darwinism/Science, and some racism for good measure. Also lots of baby butts due to original illustrations.
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He was educated at Helston Grammar School before studying at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge. Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1838, and graduated in 1842. He chose to pursue a ministry in the church....more