The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land BabyCharles Kingsley
Water Babies is a fairy story about a young chimney sweep named Tom. He becomes
a water baby and has many underwater adventures. He learns about nature and morals from the
fairy sisters Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid. They introduce Tom to the
Doasyoulikes, who are a lesson in what happens if you don't do as you should!
Water Babies is also Kingsley's enthusiastic commentary on the evolution debates
that followed the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species. I currently do research
on Kingsley and Water Babies, but it is also the book I learned to read on as a child.