Summary of Thumb Love:
Lulu, a recovering thumb sucker, begins by asking four key questions. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may have experienced the heartbreak of Thumb Love. She offers to help you learn how to quit being a sucker! First, she tells her story. Lulu and her Thumb are happy. They do everything together—go places, read, sleep, and watch TV. At her fourth birthday party though, some family members encourage her to stop sucking her thumb since she is too old and because it will ruin her teeth. Lulu sees people, both real and imagined, who are laughing and jeering at her. Even her cousin Lili, also a former thumb lover, laughs at her! After a frightening buck toothed nightmare, Lulu decides to develop a program for quitting. Now, she is encouraging others to stop sucking their thumbs.
Elise Primavera’s Thumb Love is an inspirational and humorous read. Lulu’s struggle does not have an easy solution or resolution. She really has to work at quitting. Sometimes she fails. It is through perseverance, encouragement, and problem solving that she is finally successful. Lulu’s witty personality and creative ideas make the story entertaining. I love the infomercial beginning and the 12 step program at the end. The Thumb is personified to create a comical dialogue and to illustrate Lulu's internal struggle to let go. While this story is about Thumb Love, it can be used as an example of overcoming obstacles/bad habits, perseverance, and other positive character qualities.