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The History of Tom Thumb to which are added the stories of the Cat and the Mouse and Fire! Fire! Burn stick!   By:

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The History of Tom Thumb is a delightful collection of three timeless tales that will captivate readers of all ages. Edited by Henry Altemus, this book offers a charming compilation of stories including the delightful adventures of Tom Thumb, the mischievous Cat and Mouse, and the enthralling saga of Fire! Fire! Burn stick!

The story of Tom Thumb takes readers on a whimsical journey following the pint-sized hero through a series of extraordinary experiences. From his birth in the midst of an enormous oak tree to his encounters with talking animals and magical creatures, Tom Thumb's escapades are both enchanting and amusing. Through his clever wit and resourcefulness, Tom Thumb triumphs over adversity, teaching valuable lessons of courage and perseverance along the way.

In addition to Tom Thumb's escapades, the book includes the endearing stories of the Cat and the Mouse. This duo's playful banter and hilarious antics will surely bring a smile to readers' faces. As the two engage in a battle of wits, their witty dialogue and comical misunderstandings create a delightful story full of laughter and surprises.

Lastly, Fire! Fire! Burn stick! offers a thrilling tale of danger and heroism that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The story explores the bravery and resilience of a young boy who finds himself caught in the midst of a destructive fire. As he navigates the chaos and fear, the boy's clever thinking and quick actions ultimately save the day, teaching valuable lessons about courage and the power of a single individual to make a difference.

Altemus's editing expertise shines through in this collection, effectively weaving together these three engaging tales into a seamless narrative. His attention to detail and preservation of the original stories' charm ensure that readers will be captivated from beginning to end.

What truly sets The History of Tom Thumb apart is its enduring appeal to readers of all generations. The timeless nature of these tales allows them to transcend the boundaries of time and age, making them as enjoyable today as they were when first penned.

This enchanting book is enhanced by beautiful illustrations that bring the stories to life. The vivid images created by the talented artist perfectly capture the whimsy and wonder of the tales, further enhancing readers' immersion in these magical worlds.

In essence, The History of Tom Thumb, along with the stories of the Cat and the Mouse and Fire! Fire! Burn stick!, is an enchanting collection that will transport readers into a land of imagination and wonder. With its timeless charm and universal appeal, this book is sure to find a special place on the bookshelves of literary enthusiasts of all ages.

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Edited by Henry Altemus


It is said that in the days of the famed Prince Arthur, who was king of Britain, in the year 516, there lived a great magician, called Merlin, the most learned and skilful enchanter in the world at that time.

This great magician, who could assume any form he pleased, was travelling in the disguise of a poor beggar, and being very much fatigued, he stopped at the cottage of an honest ploughman to rest himself, and asked for some refreshment.

The countryman gave him a hearty welcome, and his wife, who was a very good hearted, hospital woman, soon brought him some milk in a wooden bowl, an some coarse brown bread on a platter.

Merlin was much pleased with this homely repast and the kindness of the ploughman and his wife; but he could not help seeing that though everything was neat and comfortable in the cottage, they seemed both be sad and much cast down. He therefore questioned them on the cause of their sadness, and learned they were miserable because they had no children.

The poor woman declared, with tears in her eyes, that she should be the happiest creature in the world if she had a son; and although he was no bigger than her husband's thumb, she would be satisfied... Continue reading book >>

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