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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Sullivan Narrator: Barry Press Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781482983029
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When Charles S. Stratton was born in 1838, he seemed perfect in every way. But then he stopped growing. At age four, though a happy and mischievous child, he was just over two feet tall and weighed fifteen pounds—the exact size he had been as a seven-month-old baby. It was then that P. T. Barnum persuaded Charley’s family to allow him to exhibit their son in his museum and tour him around the world as a curiosity. Tom Thumb, as Barnum dubbed him, was a natural performer. He became enormously popular and wealthy, more so than any other performer before him, in large part due to the marketing genius of Barnum.

In this spirited biography—the first on its subject—George Sullivan recounts the fascinating adventures of the real Tom Thumb, and also raises challenging questions about what constitutes exploitation—both in the nineteenth century and today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well organized and clearly written, this solid biography offers a vivid portrayal of Stratton and makes a strong case for Tom Thumb as America’s first celebrity.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “While Sullivan touches on the subject of exploitation and the limited understanding of dwarfism in Stratton’s era, his subject emerges not as a victim but as an individual whose talents earned him the public's admiration and a place in history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tom’s personal and professional relationships with Barnum make this biography a superb complement to Candace Fleming’s The Great and Only Barnum.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/12/2014

    " A truly spectacular and fascinating look at the life of Tom Thumb, one of the first very famous "little people," who made his debut in show business at P.T. Barnum's American Museum at age 5, twenty-five inches tall and weighing fifteen pounds. From then until his death at age 45, he was not just a sideshow freak but a true showman and entertainer, a crowd favorite of worldwide audiences. Lots of pictures and good, solidly researched information. Excellent choice for reluctant readers, report writers, and everyone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/1/2014

    " What a fascinating story! I would have paid someone to be able to research and write this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting to read the story of this dwarf who joined P. T. Barnum's traveling show and became worldwide famous. Lots of fascinating photos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 1/17/2014

    " Good storytelling, and it's true. Tom Thumb and his wife Lavinia never had kids, but her even smaller sister Minnie married a very short (but bigger than a dwarf) man. I can't get it out of my mind that Minnie died giving birth to a normal sized baby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 11/10/2013

    " Excellent biography of the worlds most famous and successful Little Person, Charles Stratton aka Tom Thumb. Primary sources, photographs and a good index round out this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 10/24/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in one sitting. Much of the book fea ! tured P.T. Barnum, so now I want to read the Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 10/12/2013

    " Great biography of diminutive celebrity. Excellent photographs. For more insight into P.T. Barnum, read Candance Fleming's excellent The Great and Only Barnum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 6/12/2013

    " loved reading this alongside autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 4/24/2013

    " It's a fascinating story however the author missed the mark. He does not offer any insight behind the persona of this unique man-child and, thus, turned intrigue into dullness. I thought it to read, "Just the facts, maam." hmpf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/21/2013

    " A very interesting book. I would also recommend The Great and Only Barnum, which also talks about Barnum, Tom Thumb, and their business relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/23/2013

    " This reads on a 6th grade level, but I just found the story so interesting. I always thought Tom Thumb was merely a fairy tale and not a real man. Great photos throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/6/2013

    " fun junior section biography, interesting, lots of pictures "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/8/2013

    " An interesting peek at a remarkable life. I did feel the tone of the book was a bit too dry for children's non fiction, and the book became a little bit too much about Tom's wife and less about Tom towards the end, which took me out of the story a little bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 1/1/2013

    " Quick, easy-to-read, yet surprisingly informative and fascinating account of one of P.T. Barnum's biggest stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 10/8/2012

    " Well done biography "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JuJu | 10/6/2012

    " 3.5 An overall enjoyable and informative book about the life of Tom Thumb. I am sure there are some more sinister dealings but since the this biography is geared towards children, those would not be appropiate. I think the author did a very nice job of describing the life and times of Tom Thumb. "

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