"Don't Suck Your Thumb" Poetry Theater
A poem in two voices
Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly...And Other Deep Thoughts!, published by Meadowbrook Press.



Summary: A child finds a substitute for thumb-sucking.


Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.


Props: This poem can be performed without props.


Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.







Don’t Suck Your Thumb




“Don’t suck your thumb,”




my mother said.

I answered, “Why?”

and scratched my head. 


She said,




“It’s dumb!

Now go to bed.”




That night I sucked

my toe instead.



© 2000 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in If Pigs Could Fly...And Other Deep Thoughts published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Don’t Suck Your Thumb” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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“If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts”