|Ison, Mary M. “Things Nobody Ever Heard Of:
Jessie Willcox Smith Draws the Water-Babies,” The Quarterly Journal
of the Library of Congress Vol. 39, No. 2 (1982): 90-101.
In this illustrated article Ison discusses the thirteen color drawings
in oil, charcoal, and pastel made by Jessie Willcox Smith for a 1916 edition
of The Water-Babies. She praises the illustrations declaring
that they “invest the water-babies with such reality as to provide credence
to Kingsley’s story” (101).
Leavis, Q. D. “The Water Babies,” Children's
Literature in Education Vol. 23 (Winter 1976): 155-163.
Leavis regrets that the “excitingly written and splendidly imaginative
Victorian classic” The Water-Babies is no longer read by children
(155). She argues that its literary merits justify that it be kept
in circulation and suggests various ways it might be used in modern children’s
education. “The combination of drama, saga, nonsense, science, magic,
poetry and comedy Kingsley invented is irresistible and became a mode adopted
by writers for children in the later 19th and the 20th centuries with great