The Story of Little Suck-A-Thumb
by Heinrich Hoffmann
(we used to recite this when we were in high school... lol... call us sick!! go ahead!! see if i care! ha!! *grin... just wondered if any of you were familiar with this stuff... more here
One day, Mamma said, "Conrad dear,
I must go out and leave you here.
But mind now, Conrad, what I say,
Don't suck your thumbs while I'm away.
The great tall tailor always comes
To little boys that suck their thumbs;
And ere they dream what he's about,
He takes his great sharp scissors out
And cuts their thumbs clean off,--and then
You know, they never grow again."
Mamma had scarcely turn'd her back,
The thumb was in, alack! Alack!
The door flew open, in he ran,
That great, long, red-legged scissor-man.
Oh! Children, see! the tailor's come
And caught our little Suck-a-Thumb.
Snip! Snap! Snip! the scissors go;
And Conrad cries out--Oh! Oh! Oh!
Snip! Snap! Snip! They go so fast;
That both his thumbs are off at last.
Mamma comes home; there Conrad stands,
And looks quite sad, and shows his hands;--
"Ah!" said Mamma, "I knew he'd come
To naughty little Suck-a-Thumb."