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“Water Babies” by Charles Kingsley (1890) in good condition.

“Water Babies” by Charles Kingsley, published in 1863, remains a timeless and enchanting piece of children’s literature. The narrative follows Tom, a chimney sweep who transforms into a water baby, embarking on an imaginative underwater journey. Beyond its whimsical tale, the story serves as social commentary on Victorian child labor, advocating for moral growth and societal responsibility. The vivid portrayal of the underwater world, coupled with moral allegories, contributes to the enduring charm of the narrative. While celebrated, the work faces criticism for elements like racial stereotypes. Despite this, “Water Babies” stands as a classic, inspiring adaptations and leaving an indelible mark on children’s literature.

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