How I Quit Sucking My Thumb

By Bruce Lansky b. 1941 Bruce Lansky
My mother says it’s childish and
my father says it’s dumb—
whenever they discover that
I’m sucking on my thumb.

It’s such a silly thing to do,
as everybody knows.
So now instead of sucking it
I stick it in my nose.

“How I Quit Sucking My Thumb” © 1991 Bruce Lansky. Reprinted from Kids Pick the Funniest Poems (© 1991 by Meadowbrook Creations) with permission from Meadowbrook Press.

Source: Kids Pick the Funniest Poems (Meadowbrook Press, 1991)

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Poet Bruce Lansky b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

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Bruce Lansky is an internationally known poet and anthologist. He has a passion for getting children excited about reading and writing poetry. Lansky's poetry books—including Mary Had a Little Jam; Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater; If Kids Ruled the School; and Rolling in the Aisles—are currently among America's best-selling children's poetry books. He is also the editor of the middle-grade fiction series Girls to the Rescue and . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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