The Water-Babies

The Water-Babies

A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby

Written by: Charles Kingsley
Introduction by: Richard D. Beards
Notes by: Richard D. Beards

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105091
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up


The beloved Victorian children’s tale now available in its original unabridged edition

Instantly popular upon its initial publication in 1863, The Water Babies is at once a bewitching childhood fantasy and a skillfully woven moral allegory. Tom, a young chimney sweep, escapes his horrendous job and his cruel boss, Grimes, when fairies plunge him into a fantastical world under the sea. As he meets and befriends his fellow water babies, as well as all sorts of sea creatures, he begins to learn some valuable lessons. Much in demand by scholars, this authoritative new edition featuring the Victorian illustrations from early editions will charm children and adults alike.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Water-Babies

The Water-Babies

Written by: Charles Kingsley, Introduction by: Richard D. Beards, Notes by: Richard D. Beards