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Mia's Thumb
by Ljuba Stille
Ljuba Stille, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 8 3/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430673 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 2 to 5

Themes: Growing Up, Preschool
Recommendations: K, H, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L. 2.3-4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6
RL. 2.1-7, 10
SL. 2.1, 1a-b, 2, 4, 6
W. 2.1, 3, 5, 8
RF. 2.3-4, 4a-c

About the Book
Mia sucks her thumb. It comforts her when she's sad, calms her when she's excited, and gives her courage when she needs to be brave. Mommy tells her she is too old for it, Daddy warns that her teeth will get crooked, her brother tells her she's embarrassing, and Grandpa offers her money to stop; but Mia refuses to quit. Then Grandma decides there must be something very special about thumb sucking. "I'll try it!" she says. But a thumb-sucking grandma is too much, even for Mia. "Stop it!" Mia says. "It's really embarrassing!"

Young readers will laugh at this offbeat picture book, and exasperated adults will be pleased to find a book that addresses this common childhood compulsion with humor and compassion.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the main character? Explain how you determine the main character of a story. Create a character web of Mia. RL.1-2.1, 3
2. What is the problem in the story? RL.1-2.3
3. Find examples of how the author uses humor to enhance the mood and tone of the story. RL.1-2.1, 4, 7
4. How does the family try to solve the problem? Give examples for each character. Write a paragraph explaining how the problem finally resolved. RL.1-2.1, 3 / W.1-2.3