I love my thumb, I truly do, it tastes of pears and carrot stew. It’s like a hug, an “I love you.” My mom hoped in a year or two there’d be some things that I outgrew, and some I have, but never you. Kids who suck their thumbs know there’s nothing better. NOTHING! Here is a fun picture book ode to the thumb by Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse, with art by Feiwel and Friends Creative Director Rich Deas.
Through the first half of the book, the story talks about all of the things you can’t do while sucking your thumb. This made me think it would be a great book for littles who need to break the habit, but by the end, it just goes back to how much she loves sucking her thumb and couldn’t live without it.
Karen Hesse is the author of numerous books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of a Newbery Medal and a Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction; The Cats in Krasinski Square; and Letters from Rifka. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Grant in 2002, Karen Hesse lives in Vermont.