The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley and Jessie Wilcox Smith

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  • The originals of these illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith are part of collection of American Library of Congress (one is still in hands of private collector), but we can enjoy them right here and right now.

    Jessie Wilcox Smith started her career at Ladies’ Home Journal and became illustrator much later. She collaborated with many famous writers. Beside Charles Kingsley we should mention at least Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens and George MacDonald.

    Water Babies was published in 1916 and can be downloaded at Project Gutenberg.  Illustrations are colored and black and white. The later can also be useful as nice coloring pages.

    Water Babies by Jessie Wilcox Smith

    Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith

    Looking up the yellow moon
    Looking up the yellow moon

    He felt comfortable
    He felt comfortable

    Don't hurt me!
    Don’t hurt me!

    He sat upon the buoy
    He sat upon the buoy

    He felt the net
    He felt the net

    He clawed down the hole
    He clawed down the hole

    Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid
    Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid

    Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby
    Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby

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