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Charles Kingsley, an author who lived in the Victorian era, wrote a story called 'The Water Babies.'

This has become a classic story. The reading comprehension this week features an extract from 'The Water Babies.' Here is the back cover 'blurb' from the book.


'When Tom, a young chimney sweep, falls into a river, he is transformed from a twelve-year-old boy who has known nothing but brutality and poverty into a 'water-baby'. In an underwater world surrounded by fairies, insects and water nymphs, he soon discovers a new life of adventure and excitement.'


Read the text carefully a couple of times because it is written in quite a formal tone.