|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 success” (163).