A classic since its first publication, in 1863, The Water-Babies
is the story of Tom, a little chimney sweep, and his magical adventures beneath the waves.
When young Tom flees his sooty, dangerous toil and his cruel master, Grimes, he finds himself plunged into "a quiet, silent, rich, happy place"--a land beneath the water "so out of the way the bad bogies can hardly find it out." There, Tom meets haughty dragonflies, makes friends with a slow-witted lobster, and dodges hungry otters. Eventually he meets the other water-babies and their clever rulers, Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid and Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby.
Original title: The Water-Babies: A Tale for Land Babies
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Allegorical And Bangsian
- Cover by Anne Grahame Johnstone