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The Water-Babies


The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby was first published in 1863. We feature the 1922 edition illustrated by Warwick Goble. A Wordsworth, Longfellow, or Coleridge verse closes each chapter. Kingsley's preface:

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined;
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think,
What man has made of man.
                         -Wordsworth

This book is featured in our collection of Books for Young Readers.

The Water-Babies dragonfly


Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII and Last

The Moral

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