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The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
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Aug 31, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: for-kids
Read from September 20 to October 02, 2011

I remember loving this book so much as a kid that I was really excited when I found it again. After reading it, I'm not really sure why I loved it so much.

The story of the water baby is fine, and kind of cute, with some nice imagery to go along with it. But the way the author goes off on lecturing tangents every couple of pages (and the way these tangents last for longer than any of the actual storytelling) is both distracting and fairly boring. Especially when taking into account how much the author pushes his own prejudices onto the reader (such as hating the Irish, a fact which is elaborated on over and over again).

The best thing about this book was that it helped me get to sleep every night - I literally fell asleep holding it every single night until I had finished. Not a good reflection on the quality of the book, but certainly good if you're suffering a little insomnia.
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