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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd (31 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551117738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551117737
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,984,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A new and unabridged edition of The Water-Babies is an unlooked-for pleasure. Everyone who has an interest in the exuberant, eclectic, ecological, and erotic aspects of Victorian literature should know this book. When combined with the definitive illustrations by Linley Sambourne and a wealth of explanatory notes, appendices, and other critical tools, this edition becomes indispensable. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Richard Kelly and to Broadview Press for editing and re-issuing this delightful and important work of Victorian children's literature."--Naomi Wood

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Richard Kelly is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is the editor of the Broadview Editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Badgergirl on 13 April 2010
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When I opened this book it said in a note that the text had been Americanized. Why on earth?! It's by an English author and is set in England! And that is what put me off. Admittedly it is a bit hard going, but it is the product of an age gone by. I have read it before and wanted to refresh my memory of it but I gave up after coming across the various American spellings ('color' being the most jarring). Yes, I know some would say this is pathetic and prejudicial. It's only my opinion after all - others will be able to see past that irritation but I cannot
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
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When The Water-Babies was read to me when I was very young, I fell in love with it. There aren't very many books that I can remember as well as this one from that age and The Water-Babies is one I will probably never forget. I always wished I was alive in those times, that I was a little girl then, and that I became a Water Baby. When I cut the cake on my 6th birthday party, my wish was that I could meet the charcters from the book, and go into the water and be a water baby. It is books like this that discourage modern authors. It's old-fashioned setting, and young characters rich and poor all add to its magic. And now if I ever hear of a chimney sweep, I think of water babies. Ellie was my favourite character and when I was little I wanted to be just like her. I even wanted my room to be done like hers. I would recommend The Water-Babies to anyone. It's magic is timeless, and I'm sure one day I will be reading it to my children with the same pleasure as my children.
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I first read this book when I was about 10 years old. It was a birthday gift from an aunt. I loved the story and all it's colourful characters. Quite disturbing in parts and now re reading it as a 65 year old did not realise how dark a story it is. My granddaughter might struggle with some of the language, but I hope she enjoys the story as much as I did, as a child.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zita on 28 May 2012
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I was very dissapointed in this purchase which I bought for my grand daughter aged 6 There was an absence of illustrations and the written words were too small for a child to read The story had to be read by an adult which defeats the object of helping a child to read themselves Star rating 2
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Given the recent superb exploratory work into the effect on the children who inspired Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, I wonder if anyone has any insights into what happened to the son of Charles Kingsley to whom this fairy tale was dedicated. I only know that he died in Australia, but the tenor of the tale which he inspired suggests to me that he may also have suffered somewhat from having such a literary predator as a father.
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This book is a childood memory. I use Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby with the children in my school. I loved this book as a child and now children in school love it too.
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bought for my special needs son who loves all the songs and all the bright colours a very good film i would recommend these for anyone to buy
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This book is a great classic which I brought to help out my nephew with his reading. Delivery was very quick too. I'd totally recommend it!
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