I picked up The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb after the cover caught my attention while browsing through a book store. After reading a few reviews, it piqued my interest, although I wasn’t sure what to expect. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The author provides her take on the life of a woman, Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump (Vinnie) from the nineteenth century who was 2 feet, eight inches tall.
The book highlights her many adventures and experiences, such as going to the White House to meet the President, meeting Queen Victoria and marrying and becoming “Mrs. General Tom Thumb”. Vinnie has many dreams and this book captures her successes and also the challenges and trials she faced in her life.
The author does a nice job of combining some history and key time periods of history in America (Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, various inventions) and also introduces the reader to P.T. Barnum and his life and work at the museum and later his traveling show. I also enjoyed reading the author’s notes at the end of the book to learn more details about her research and what was really known about Vinnie and P.T. Barnum. This book provided a great escape to a different period in time and an overview of the adventures, life and learning of Mrs. Tom Thumb.