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"An Entertaining History of Tom Thumb" by Unknown, specifically the William Raine's Edition, offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the life and adventures of one of history's most famous little people. Although the identity of the author remains unknown, this edition, introduced by William Raine, skillfully captures the essence of Tom Thumb's extraordinary life in an engaging and entertaining manner.

The book begins by immersing readers into the world of Charles Sherwood Stratton, famously known as Tom Thumb, from his early childhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to his meteoric rise to international fame. Through a blend of historical records, anecdotes, and imaginative storytelling, the author weaves together a vivid narrative that transports readers to different settings, extravagant performances, and encounters with celebrities of that time.

One of the notable strengths of this edition is Raine's thoughtful introduction, providing valuable context and background information about Tom Thumb's life and the cultural significance of such "oddities" during the 19th century. Raine's expertise enables readers to better appreciate the societal climate in which Tom Thumb emerged as a sensation and how he played a fundamental role in shaping entertainment culture at the time.

The writing style employed throughout the book is accessible and lively, making it suitable for readers of all ages. The author's ability to convey a sense of wonder and amusement that accompanied Tom Thumb's performances shines through in every page. The descriptions of Tom Thumb's daring feats, hilarious mishaps, and encounters with notable figures of the era, including President Abraham Lincoln, further enhance the book's allure.

It is worth noting that this edition of "An Entertaining History of Tom Thumb" is lavishly illustrated, enhancing the reading experience. The charming drawings not only complement the narrative but also provide visual cues, allowing readers to immerse themselves even further into the fascinating world of this remarkable little person.

While the book succeeds in capturing the charm and excitement surrounding Tom Thumb's life, it occasionally lacks depth when exploring the more intricate aspects of his persona. The author tends to focus primarily on the spectacle, leaving readers wanting for a deeper understanding of Tom Thumb's personal experiences and emotions. However, this limitation can be forgiven given the book's intention of offering light-hearted entertainment rather than a comprehensive biography.

In conclusion, "An Entertaining History of Tom Thumb" within William Raine's Edition is a delightful account of the life and adventures of this legendary historical figure. The author's lively storytelling, combined with Raine's insightful introduction and the delightful illustrations, make for an enjoyable read. Whether you are a fan of history, entertainment, or simply seeking an engaging narrative, this book is a charming addition to any bookshelf.

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William Raine's Edition.






William Raine's Edition.



In great King Arthur's reign, Tom's history first begun; A farmer's wife had sigh'd in vain to have a darling son! A fairy listen'd to her call, and granted her the same; But being very small, Tom Thumb she did him name.


To please him every means she'd take, And a pudding large did for him make; But in trying to obtain a sip, Into the batter did he slip! The batter in the pot went plump; Tom made the pudding skip and jump! His mother, with affright, did this espy, And gave it to a tinker passing by; Tom scream'd so loud, that, in dismay, He threw it down, and ran away.


Tom to the fields with his mother went, To milk the cow was her intent; The wind blew high as they did walk, So she tied him to a thistle stalk; The cow the thistle view'd and cropp'd, In her mouth, with Tom, it soon was popp'd! Her teeth put Tom in such a fright, That he "mother" bawl'd with all his might! The cow, on hearing such a rout, Open'd her jaws, and Tom step'd out... Continue reading book >>

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