The Water Babies : The Fairy Tale for a Land-baby, Paperback Book

The Water Babies : The Fairy Tale for a Land-baby Paperback

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When Tom, an ill-treated little chimney-sweep, jumps into a clear, cool stream to clean himself something magical happens; he is turned into a tiny water baby by the fairies.

He enters a strange, magical underwater world, and travels beyond the world's end to the other end-of-nowhere, getting into all sorts of scrapes and encountering creatures beautiful and frightening along the way.

He also learns many important lessons - it is a voyage of discovery that Tom will never forget.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780140367362

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I never tire of this charming story, the magic has been with me since I first read it at a very early age, and continues now as I read it to my own eight year old... Some stories will live forever.

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On the one hand, I don't approve of abridged books; on the other hand, the much of the moralizing was left out, and even so, I thought there was too much. But there are some clever bits and he mentions the wise men of Gotham, who, like the wise men of Chelm, try to catch the moon when they see it in a body of water. And it's an early example of original children's fairy tales.

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