Talk:The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby

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JSBlog: The Water-Babies gives a useful analysis, and amongst the links it provides are a couple of Victorian Web pages, Revising the Fairytale: Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies and Five. Charles Kingsley's Water-Babies which might be useful. . dave souza, talk 21:24, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Comment with nice illustrations, Treasures of the Library (pdf). . . dave souza, talk 17:22, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

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The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby

Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid, a character named after the Golden Rule, from The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby, a children's novel by Charles Kingsley. Published in 1863, the book was extremely popular in England, and was a mainstay of British children's literature for many decades. The book had been intended in part as a satire, a tract against child labour, as well as a serious critique of the closed-minded approaches of many scientists of the day in their response to Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution.

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Science Fiction[edit]

Since it seems to deal with a lot of scientific themes, is it in fact SF as well? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.158.108.224 (talk) 12:36, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Italian link[edit]

I removed the Italian link since it refers to the Miles Davis' album "Water-Babies" --Angelo Mascaro (talk) 15:34, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Anti-American prejudice[edit]

I am not sure the reference taken from the novel to anti-Americanism is of quite the same stripe as Kingsley's prejudices against the Irish or Catholics. The entry seems to overlook that at the time he wrote this novel America was engaged in its Civil War, in which Kingsley was very interested - and on the side of the North. He expresses admiration for Fremont in his previous novel, Two Years Ago (1857).

Might not his reference to Americans be better contextualized than it currently is? There were evidently several kinds of Americans in 1862 and Kingsley does not generalize. Cerreno (talk) 15:56, 7 June 2016 (UTC)Cerreno 7 June 2016

Chimney Sweep Regulations[edit]

It it worth adding that this book was the catalyst for regulations for chimney sweeps? http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/livinglearning/19thcentury/overview/childrenchimneys/ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.40.33.254 (talk) 12:33, 14 July 2016 (UTC)