“There was once a tailor who had a son no higher than a thumb, so he was called Tom Thumb. Notwithstanding his small size, he had plenty of spirit, and one day he said to his father, ‘Father, go out into the world I must and will.'”
If Tom Thumb’s history is a little sketchy, Tom Thumb’s Travels’ history is clutching to the end of the sketchy spectrum, according to the resources I have direct access to. The story is quite similar to Tom Thumb: some specific details are different, like in this story Tom Thumb helps robbers get all the money from the king’s money room rather than alert someone of the crime. And it ends with a message directly to the reader, or specifically, a child reader.
I’ve discovered that Tom Thumb is not my favorite fairy tale. Maybe I’m bored with it because there are two versions of it in this book, or because I can’t find substantial history to keep me engaged with the text. It could also be because I can’t see past the ending – does Tom Thumb decide to never go out into the world again? Does he retire his mischievous antics? Do I care? Really, I’m just ready to move on so on I go!
- The Young Giant