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Tom Thumb Paperback – Jan 12 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152892818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152892814
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 0.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,794,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

The story of Tom Thumb is well-known: a poor, childless farmer and his wife feed a raggedy beggar (who is really Merlin), and he rewards them with a son the size of the husband's thumb. The farmer and his wife name their son Tom Thumb, and try to protect him from the perils of the world. Tom Thumb, however, gets into many dangerous situations--he is baked in a cake, eaten by a cow, stolen by a crow, swallowed by a giant and eventually imprisoned in a mouse trap. But with the help of the castle mice, Tom escapes and saves the kingdom from destruction. As a reward, King Arthur gives Tom all the gold he wants, to take back to his parents, and makes Tom the smallest Knight of the Round Table. Watson, who last illustrated James Dickey's Bronwen, the Traw, and the Shape Shifter , has woven--with occasional stiffness--several of Tom's familiar adventures into a single telling. That minor failing is compensated for by Watson's full-color, realistic artwork; in startling perspectives and several striking close-ups, he transports the reader fully into Tom's thumb-sized world. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-- Although it is not stated, this is a loose adaptation of an English variant of the tale. All of the beginning plot elements--Merlin's granting the farmer's wife's wish for a "babe" even if it's no bigger than her husband's thumb, Tom Thumb being baked into a cake, carried off by a raven, swallowed by a giant, spit into the sea, and swallowed by a fish, which is cut open by the king's cook, who brings Tom to King Arthur--are also related in L. Leonard Brooke's version of "Tom Thumb" found in The Golden Goose Book (Warne, 1977; o.p.). However, Watson's heroic ending, in which Tom Thumb replaces the giant's beloved broken shell, is not mentioned in other variants available. The writing borders on the flowery, but is quite readable. The realistic, microscopically detailed tempera and watercolor illustrations are particularily suitable for this tale. The tiny Tom Thumb would see every hair on a cow's head, and the mobile made of an acorn, a jay's feather, twigs, and leaves hanging over a tiny wooden cradle is an enchanting reminder of just how small Tom really is. The illustrations' perspectives are generally successful and interesting. The subject and these illustrations will ensure this book's popularity with young readers and their parents. Felix Hoffman's Tom Thumb (Atheneum, 1973; o.p.) is based on the Brothers Grimm version. --Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
"Tom Thumb" as retold and beautifully illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson is a wonderful new spin on an old fairy tale. The story accompanied by the bright, realistic illustrations will make a wonderful bedtime story and the perfect book to help a child learn to read. Every child will relate to Tom Thumb and his small adventures, Watson has crafted the perfect bedtime storybook!
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HASH(0xa246b840) out of 5 stars Thumbs Up for Tom! Aug. 10 2002
By Mark A. Smiddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Tom Thumb" as retold and beautifully illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson is a wonderful new spin on an old fairy tale. The story accompanied by the bright, realistic illustrations will make a wonderful bedtime story and the perfect book to help a child learn to read. Every child will relate to Tom Thumb and his small adventures, Watson has crafted the perfect bedtime storybook!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c10d50) out of 5 stars A tie-in to the Arthur legend April 8 2011
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The close-up illustrations in this story are imaginative and exciting. In this version, the giant (Grumbong) becomes enraged when he drops his seashell charm. Tom Thumb and the woodland creatures have to bring him another in order to save Camelot.

Action packed, perfect for boys. This is rather long for littler children, but the illustrations may help them sit still for longer. Extremely well done.
HASH(0xa22ff21c) out of 5 stars Small having Great Adventures Aug. 28 2005
By Norliza Ismail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A quarrel between a giant and a greedy wizard resulting with a curse set upon the giant's wife to bear a child no bigger than the wizard's thumb. A son was born soon later and named Tom Thumb. Regardless of its size, he lived a prosperous life with his giant parents until one day a misfortune struck him.

His adventures started by he was eaten by a fish, discovered by a cook, worked for the king, and being betrayed by a jealous royal cat. But everything ends well as he reside in a place where everybody is in his size, at the Butterfly Kingdom.

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It is a perfect read for children. It's short and understandable, plus it's enjoyable.
HASH(0xa230fb64) out of 5 stars Tom Thumb - a very cute retelling of an old favorite Jan. 16 2013
By SYBIL BLAZEJ-YEE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I purchased this title as a gift for a little boy. I believe that anyone who wishes to reread
this tale or share it with a child will happily turn the pages, enjoying beautifully created
illustrations during the retelling of this old favorite story.

Sybil Blazej-Yee
Children's Librarian
Children's Book Author (The Honey Boy Story; Beagle Boy Watson; Leroy Goes To The Olympics)
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HASH(0xa289b468) out of 5 stars tom thumb Aug. 11 2012
By Catherine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
An absolute winner!. What can I say? I was bowled over by this fantastic tale. It is sweet amusing and fun. Having a hero the size of a thumb is a good idea and Tom Thumb's adventures are great, if a little far-fetched. But what are fairy tales for if the can't be a bit fanciful. This is definitely one that all the kids will love.


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