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The Water Babies

The Water-Babies is a novel by Charles Kingsley. It was first published in 1863. The book was extremely popular in England.

The protagonist is Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river where he dies and is transformed into a "water baby". Under water Tom gets a Christian redemption and finally returns to human form. These beautiful magic lantern slides were made at the beginning of the XX century (illustrations by Warwick Goble).

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