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Wasted on Most Children!,
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'The Water Babies' - wasted on children - at least it was when I was one! I don't remember ever getting beyond page one as a child, finding the sentences a bit too long for my concentration span. But having just read a life of Charles Darwin, and piecing together some strands of 19th century history of ideas, particularly popular science, I found it fascinating. It certainly helps if you know more about the Victorians and the Linnaean Society than I did as a child. This book appeared in 1862-1863, just when the world was chattering about Darwin's 'Origin of Species' and it contains an affectionate cameo of Darwin in the shape of a loveable giant collector of creatures. I never knew this book was so funny. It helps if you can hear Uncle Charles Kingsley reading it to you. I have just given it to my scientist daughter for her 25th birthday and hope she sticks with it, (she's not a great reader of fiction) because I am sure she'll love this take on the fashions in the classification of species. A really good read.