The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren

Lavinia Warren never let her height—or the lack of it—prevent her from leading a full and adventurous life. Although she never grew more than three feet tall, she became a beloved teacher, a world traveler, an entertainer and the friend of many powerful figures.

Contains additional material on Tom Thumb Weddings, readers’ questions, time line, notes and a bibliography. This is sure to be a valuable title for adventurous middle-grade readers. This book is for ages 10+.


“Lavinia Warren was a remarkable woman who lived in an era when careers and world travel were extremely unusual among her gender, let alone for a woman so tiny. Her size never limited her aspirations, nor her curiosity about the world. Elizabeth Raum has deftly woven Warren’s fascinating personal story with the events and people of the American Civil War in ways that will surely engage young readers and connect them with history.” – Adrienne Saint-Pierre, curator of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Chosen by the Children’s Book Council as a Notable Social Studies Book, 2018.

Reader Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, “[An] engaging tale of an unusual and spirited woman.”

Midwest Book Review, “The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren by Elizabeth Raum is an unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library biography collections for young readers ages 8 to 12. 

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