Virtual Children's Books Exhibits


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3. Lewis Carroll.
John Tenniel, illustrator.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
New York: D. Appleton, 1866.

Alice is one of the best known characters in children’s literature to go for a swim. (Actually she falls into a large pool of salt water with all her clothes on and treads water until she can figure out exactly what has happened to her.) Her first hunch is that she is on holiday at the seashore, but knows that can’t be right because there aren’t any bathing machines or children digging holes in the sand. She realizes that she must be paddling around in the tears she wept a few minutes ago when nine feet tall. But now she is no bigger than a mouse!