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This wondrous hardcover collectible includes a dozen full-page color plates plus numerous line drawings by Jessie Willcox Smith, one of the most popular artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. Shamed by his grimy appearance in the presence of an immaculate little girl, ten-year-old Tom — an ill-treated London chimney-sweep — promptly runs away. Diving into a river, he enters a magical underwater world of fairies and other whimsical creatures.
They teach Tom about truth, mercy, justice, courage, and other virtues. Although Charles Kingsley's fable can be read as simply a charming morality tale, it also blends elements of a scientific satire and a political tract. Kingsley not only parodied the controversy surrounding the then-new concept of natural selection but also helped foster legislation protecting abused children like his young hero.
Immensely popular upon its 1863 publication, this beloved classic continues to captivate modern readers just as it stirred imaginations over a century ago.
A Calla Edition, originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, Nottingham, England, 1919. This captures it right down to the handsome light green cloth binding, with a special illustration printed from the original edition, a dust jacket that captures one of the best color plates, and dozens of vignettes, all printed in green, of life underwater in this very popular fantasy fairy tale.
- Additional Information
Item Code WATBH Publisher Calla Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781606601136 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 240pg Color Partial Color
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