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Author: Anne Grahame Johnstone,Charles Kingsley
ISBN13: 978-0861631582
Title: The Water Babies (Wonder Colour Series)
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Language: English
Category: Fairy Tales Folk Tales and Myths
Publisher: AWARD PUBLICATIONS LTD; 1st Edition edition (1986)
Pages: 32

The Water Babies (Wonder Colour Series) by Anne Grahame Johnstone,Charles Kingsley

The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley Unabridged 1863 Original Version. Age Range: 5 - 6 years. Series: Award Gift Books " appeared. Kingsley was probably aware of how the controversial concept of evolution impacted both the belief in a divine being and the concept of creation by a higher power.

A more modern illustrator is Anne Grahame Johnstone with her superb use of colour covering the entire page. However, for some (including me), the favourite has to be the illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith (1916). The 12 colour plates are beautifully drawn and, for me, capture the real essence of a water-baby. At the time of writing we have in stock at Stella Books a beautiful copy of 'The Water Babies' illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. Submitted by Joanne Hill.

The Water Babies is a classic tale written in the 1860s. It tells the story of the Tom the chimney sweep. This is a lovely vintage hardback picture book for children. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley is illustrated Anne Grahame Johnstone. The Water Babies is a classic tale written in the 1860's. Condition: Very good. Minor shelf wear only. Silk Ribbon Embroidery Roses - Sampler series Book three - Merrilyn Heazlewood.

The twins were born in 1928 to successful British portraitist and costume designer Doris Zinkeisen and her husband, Captain Edward Grahame Johnstone.

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The Water Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby to give the book its complete title tells the story of Tom, a young orphan chimney-sweep in Victorian London. Tom is apprenticed to the mean Mr Grimes, who employs such children to work in inhuman and often dangerous conditions, sweeping out the chimneys of large houses. First published in 1863, The Water Babies by Rev Charles Kingsley became a Victorian children's classic along with . Barrie's Peter Pan and Lewis Caroll's Alice books. It is an endearing and entertaining novel that can equally be enjoyed by adult readers as well. However, it fell out of favor in later years since it contained many ideas that are considered politically incorrect and offensive today from a humanitarian perspective.

Anne Grahame Johnstone is a published author and an illustrator of children's books.

The Johnstone sisters' popularity took off in the early 1950s, when they were noticed by publishers and acquired a growing reputation as talented illustrators. They always worked together, passing drawintgs back and forth across their studio until both twins were satisfied with the final. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley by Chez.

Anne anderson the water babies charles kingsley nelson c 1915 rare book. The Truth Seeking Music Makers. 2nd from a series of 4 books published by blackie,each book had 8 colour plates,all by anne. anne andersons plates in the ward wonder book picture annuals.

Light blue glossy hardcover with a water baby sitting on a lily pad reaching for a dragon fly. Wonderfully illustrated by Anne Grahame Johnstone along with story by Charles Kingsley.
Reviews: 7
Ten year old Tom is a young chimney sweep who lives in a great town in the North country of England. He has never been taught to say his prayers or even heard of God and Christ except in cursing. He works for an abusive master named Mr. Grimes who drinks beer and smokes a pipe. One day, while cleaning chimneys in an upper-class house, he accidentally comes out in the room of a young girl named Ellie where a nurse accuses him of breaking in to steal. He runs away, falls into a river, and is transformed into a “water-baby,” as he is told by a caddisfly. There he begins his moral education under the major spiritual leaders of his new world such as the fairies Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby (a reference to the Golden Rule), Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid, and Mother Carey, as well as Ellie, who became a water-baby after he did.

In his final adventure, Tom must travel to the Other-end-of-Nowhere in an attempt to help Grimes, his old master, who is being punished for his misdeeds. Will Tom be successful? What will happen to him? Author Charles Kingsley was a minister, and even though he was an advocate of Christian Socialism and a supporter of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, Water-Babies is a didactic moral fable that is thematically concerned with Christian redemption. Kingsley also includes satire about child labor and how England treats its poor. The children’s novel was written in 1862 and 1863 as a serial for Macmillan’s Magazine; it was first published in its entirety in 1863. In the style of Victorian-era novels, it expresses many of the common prejudices of that time period, with dismissive or insulting references to the poor, Americans, Jews, blacks, Catholics, and the Irish. The story was extremely popular in England, and was a mainstay of British children’s literature for many decades, but these views may have played a role in its gradual fall from popularity.

While the book was written for children, much of it will be best understood by adults. It abounds in references to faith (“The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see”), Scripture quotations (“’We are fearfully and wonderfully made,’ said old David”), and the desire for heaven (“But we, I hope, shall go upward to a very different place”). One reader reviewer noted, “But do NOT buy the abridged version (Puffin). One thing that is taken out is Kingsley’s many sarcastic references to American democracy. The publishers have taken out the anti-American sentiment to sell more copies to Americans.” Evidently, my version is unabridged. Additionally, perhaps some of the other prejudicial items were removed to make it less offensive, and possibly some of the adult satire was omitted to make it more understandable for children. There is a lot of description with many side comments, so it does read rather slowly at times, but it is still interesting.
The Water Babies by Charles Kingley, Illustrated by Warwick Goble. Dover Edition.

One of my favorites from my childhood. A lovely fable and fairy tale! Stunningly gorgeous illustrations! A hardworking boy, transformation into a water baby, good fairies, an entire undersea world - pure magic! A treat of a story that makes one WANT to be honest, trustworthy, courageous, determined, considerate, kind, caring, and good! The beauty and benefits of this story far outweigh its few flaws from a dated past.

Somewhat passé today in our politically correct society due to the complacent English prejudices (hopefully only from the era in which it was written) mentioned in it. Racial stereotyping was completely acceptable in children's books (and society as a whole) not just in England but everywhere and not that long ago.

The one bit that stuck with me was something to the effect ... If you ask Paddy (as a symbol for the entire Irish population!) a question and he lies in answer, don't get angry at him as he doesn't know any better. Egads. Hard to believe but sadly too believable. I'm Irish therefore I lie?? OMG!! But in fairness, in the beginning chapters of the book, the author did have the fairy godmother type take the form of a wholly admirable and beautiful Irish peasant woman to look out for and talk to our hero, Tom :-)

As an Irish-American who has never experienced any anti-Irish prejudice, I thoroughly enjoyed this book both as a child and still love it as an adult. So don't let my prejudice comment stop you from reading the book. It's old, from another era, and the author had a well-meaning, kindly but unthinking and sometimes ridiculous victorian paternalistic attitude towards the Irish that I found at worst irksome but easily ignored. It snuck in here and there but was not the focus of the book. And he certainly was not rabidly anti-Irish as some from his era were. Actually, I got the feeling that the author was probably a bit forward thinking and more kindly inclined to the Irish for his time though still a product of his own upbringing and times.

I know that "politically correct" is often made fun of nowadays. I'm all for it in modern lit simply because - to our children- kindness, fairness, and equality will simply be taken for granted one day. And that would be a wonderful thing! But at the same time I would hate for any lit from the past to be white-washed or cleaned up simply to meet today's standards. It is part of a historical record. One day, racial stereotyping will simply be a ridiculous primitive practice from the past. Both kids and adults will enjoy wondering innocently how people could ever have been so silly! Re-writing classics or the past serves no one.

Overall, this is a sweet, wholesome, moral and still very appealing book which I would be happy to gift to any child or adult! It still has much to offer the modern reader.
This seems to be a scan of a slightly abridged American edition a couple of decades later than the original, from which a number of the most beautiful passages have been left out, presumably on the grounds that they might confuse or bore the American reader.
I was given this book as a child and try as I would, I could not read it, so gave up. 60 years later I have just read it on my Kindle and loved it! And understood why I couldn't get on with it as a child. The book is very much a satire on all aspects of society of that time - social, political, legal - and this is quite lost on a child. I love his invented words and names, and appreciated the many references to real events and persons of both Kingsley's present day and past eras.

Must clarify on the question about violence: violence at a child's fantasy level, much in the way that children love cartoons despite the beatings, clobberings, flattenings etc.