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The Water-Babies

Charles Kingsley

Book Overview: 

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley. The journey of a little chimney-sweep water-baby through rivers and storms, under sea and over iceberg is a classic, wonderful children’s adventure.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .m at all, we shall find him lying at the bottom." And he slapped his great hand upon his great thigh, and said—

"Who will go down over Lewthwaite Crag, and see if that boy is alive? Oh that I were twenty years younger, and I would go down myself!" And so he would have done, as well as any sweep in the county. Then he said—

"Twenty pounds to the man who brings me that boy alive!" and as was his way, what he said he meant.

Now among the lot was a little groom-boy, a very little groom indeed; and he was the same who had ridden up the court, and told Tom to come to the Hall; and he said—

"Twenty pounds or none, I will go down over Lewthwaite Crag, if it's only for the poor boy's sake. For he was as civil a spoken little chap as ever climbed a flue."

So down over Lewthwaite Crag he went: a very smart groom he was at the top, and a very shabby one at the bottom; for he tore his gaiters, and he tore his breec. . . Read More