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. Parents worry themselves silly over thumb sucking, but really, what's the big deal? It's tasty. lt's comforting. It gets a little soggy. But so what? As paediatricians say, as long as kids aren't sucking their thumbs when they go to college, it's all good. So let's listen to Karen Hesse and let them enjoy their thumbs.
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Karen Hesse is the author of numerous books for young people, including the ground-breaking novel Out of the Dust, which won the 1998 Newbery Medal. Karen Hesse and her husband live in Vermont, USA. Find her online at karenhesseblog.wordpress.com.
G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than 90 children's books, including Anywhere Farm, written by Phyllis Root,