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The Water Babies (Classic Adventures)

[PDF] The Water Babies (Classic Adventures) | by ✓ Charles Kingsley [PDF] The Water Babies (Classic Adventures) | by ✓ Charles Kingsley - The Water Babies (Classic Adventures), The Water Babies Classic Adventures The story follows Tom in his land life as a climbing boy for a chimney sweep and in his after life as a water baby where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery On to his fantas

  • Title: The Water Babies (Classic Adventures)
  • Author: Charles Kingsley
  • ISBN: 9781855873261
  • Page: 382
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[PDF] The Water Babies (Classic Adventures) | by ✓ Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies (Classic Adventures), Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies Classic Adventures The story follows Tom in his land life as a climbing boy for a chimney sweep and in his after life as a water baby where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery On to his fantasy Kingsley grafts a series of digressions and comic asides through which he comments on a range of contemporary issues

The Water Babies (Classic Adventures)

[PDF] The Water Babies (Classic Adventures) | by ✓ Charles Kingsley [PDF] The Water Babies (Classic Adventures) | by ✓ Charles Kingsley - The Water Babies (Classic Adventures), The Water Babies Classic Adventures The story follows Tom in his land life as a climbing boy for a chimney sweep and in his after life as a water baby where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery On to his fantas The Water Babies (Classic Adventures)

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  1. How many people can say that drowning was the best thing that s ever happened to them Life is terrible for Tom He s an ordinary boy and he s in an ordinary situation Granted, it s a tough situation but it s still rather ordinary for the time His master beats him and overworks him This is the only life Tom knows thus, when he grows old he will follow the same path It s not his fault he hasn t known any different For him, his master is the embodiment of manliness it s what Tom thinks he has to be [...]

  2. Googling around to see if anyone knows who Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid are based on I have often wondered about this , I discover by chance that the author invented the word cuddly , which first appeared in The Water Babies Well, there s your useless fact for today.

  3. I have no idea what edition I read as a child, but I do know that I harbor huge nostalgia about the book s weird adventures and pen and ink illustrations Every time I see the title at a used book sale, I reflect on my childhood.Now as an adult, having read 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 designed to be a [...]

  4. , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 40 , , , , , , , , 150 1 2 , , , , , , , Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby , Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid , , , , , , , throw in the towel .3,6 4 .

  5. I know this book is pretty controversial, but I enjoyed it in spite of that As accepted during that time in history, there is definitely some prejudice against other races and nationalities, especially the Irish The Englishman rules and all others are inferior But, I just took this as British pride of course, and Englishman would think his nationality is the best, back in the day Also, if you aren t Christian, then you are a heathen No news here, either However, I was amazed at Kingsley forward [...]

  6. Wow, that was bad In college I went through a Charles Kingsley phase Westward Ho, Hypatia, Alton Locke I remember reading this and thinking it was good Probably the most wrong opinion I have ever held The tone is so smarmy, you just want to slap the author who is rabidly anti irish Here is probably the best quote of the book which gives you a taste 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 quite comforta [...]

  7. In this book, the reader gets to accompany young Tom on a fantastic journey As the journey progresses, the book gets worse.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 seems to no l [...]

  8. written 1862 1863.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 good [...]

  9. Humphrey Carpenter s Secret Gardens A Study of the Golden Age of Children s Literature sounds like something I ought to have read The period it describes runs from the mid 19th century to the early 20th, placing The Water Babies right near its start and certainly an influence on everything from Alice In Wonderland , a few years later, to Peter Pan It is also one of those children s books which contains much that is unintelligible to children , as one reviewer put it Kingsley was an Anglican mini [...]

  10. This book was actually one of the saddest I ve ever read Seemingly a harmless fantasy novel, it carries an underlying allegorical message about the toll that child labour has on kids I m surprised it doesn t have a higher overall rating though, because the way the author describes the mystical aquatic world and all its creatures is beautiful and unforgettable.

  11. Summary The audiobook narration is truly one of the finest that can be found really superb The book itself is particularly good, and educational, though some caveats must be made.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 and Google near at hand in order to look up all the i [...]

  12. A childhood favourite I don t know what I d make of it now.This was a gift to me by one of my favourite aunts, a highly intellectual lady and an alumnus of the JNU she is no , sadly It gathered dust on my shelf for quite a long time before I picked it up one day and devoured it in a single sitting.I cannot remember much of the story The part involving child labour distressed me a lot, even though I wanted to try my hand at chimney sweeping also, I loved the part about the water babies and their [...]

  13. Beautifully written morality tale The adventures of young Tom the chimney sweep is a classic written in the 1860s This is fast paced and filled with one memorable scene after another.

  14. Why must you torture the children, Charles 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 the same time [...]

  15. Last line But remember always, as I told you at first, that this is all a fairy tale, and only fun and pretence and, therefore, you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true 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 children [...]

  16. Wow, this is horrible.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 become fair [...]

  17. This is a book that I tried to read many times as a child but could never get through the first chapter Seeing it on the shelf while visiting my parents I was determined to give it another shot Although I got through it, to be honest it really wasn t worth it.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 is a [...]

  18. The Water Babies first appeared in book form in May 1863, exactly a century and a half ago Though I was probably aware of it when younger, I must have read it for myself pretty much a half century ago in one of those cheap Dent s children s classics editions A decade later I was re reading it and taking notes, spurred on by the challenge Kingsley issues in his dedication 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 writt [...]

  19. In Victorian London, Tom is the ill used apprentice to the evil chimney sweep Grimes All Tom has to look forward to is the fun of throwing bricks at horses legs, and dreaming of the time when he s grown and it s his turn to get to beat and bully little children Yay Then Grimes gets called to clean chimneys at a large country house, and Tom gets lost in the labyrinth of chimneys and ends up in the bedroom of a little girl, who screams in fright Tom leaps out the window, and is chased over hill an [...]

  20. I ve listened to this on audible books some years back And first heard about it from 1001 books you must read before you die My good friend loves to read at bed time to his children so I bought him a copy of The Water Babies After giving the gift of literature thought I d look up some reviews on , and was shocked some people thought it offensive Hope the kiddies don t have nightmares I liked the first halve of this book it was an interesting concept for being written in 1879.And I ll tell you yo [...]

  21. It s like a terrible 19th century version of The Phantom Tollbooth Smarmy, racist, didactic, and everything that was crappy about Victorian attitudes, all rolled up into one boring, overlong waste of time.Feel offended that recommended this to me I deserve better.

  22. I didn t really get it But I think I liked it The author s writing style is amazing and brilliant Tom s story was very sad and this book made me understand that there are kids out there who need help.I really do hope a lot of people get to know about it though.

  23. Published in 1863, this book has stood the test of time While some might think this book is dated, it still has a lot to offer to children and to adults as well.

  24. Even as a kid I thought this story was pretty heavy on the sanctimonious didacticism, but it still has great imagery And my version had very pretty illustrations.

  25. The Water Babies is a novel by Reverend Charles Kingsley written in 1862 63 as a serial for Macmillan s Magazine It was first published in its entirety in 1863 I never heard of the book or the author until it showed up on a list of classics a few years ago, so when I came across it in a used book store, I bought it I knew nothing about it when I started reading, there was nothing on the back cover, no introduction, so I just opened the book and started reading The first lines of the book told me [...]

  26. Tom is a wretchedly poor chimney sweep, just a boy, and yet without any education or religion or family and completely subject to the cruel whims of his master He happens upon a beautiful rich girl in the process of cleaning the chimneys of a large home, and a misunderstanding occurs, and Tom runs away and seemingly drowns He doesn t drown, however he is changed into a water baby, and he is sent off on adventures and trials by fairies to improve his moral character.I was of two minds about this [...]

  27. Imperdible Una historia conmovedora, dura y llena de prejuicios de la poca Pol ticamente incorrecta, la trama se centra en un deshollinador que es explotado y se ahoga escapando de sus captores En el agua, se transformar en un ni o del agua que pasar algunas pruebas para perfeccionarse moralmente Obra sumamente ocurrente Imaginativa Casi una ida de olla de alguien que se entreg a alg n alucin geno Hay moraleja Hay critica social Hay prejuicios En definitiva, hay todo lo que podemos pedirle a un [...]

  28. This was not for me Yes, I understand the importance of the book at time, how it was a satire on Darwin s classic and the fact that it predates Alice in Wonderland did impress me when I compared their publication dates But it just got on my nerves after about chapter three and from then on right until the end where, confronted with the most ridiculous last line in the history of literature, my patience gave way entirely.So what irritated me Well, the awful patronising tone of Kingsley the narrat [...]

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