Dependable, Primary, Nancy Willard, Kevin Hawkes, Fairy Tale, Moral, Wishes, Self-Control, Inventor
After his mother makes him his favorite strawberry pie for his eighth birthday, Little Tom Drum can’t wait to try a piece, but it only has him begging for more. His wish of having three mouths to eat more pie comes true when he sneaks back to the kitchen to steal a piece. His mother catches him and notices his two extra mouths, one on each cheek! Thereafter, he opts to lead a life of isolation and inventing. On his next birthday, he wishes for his old face back. Eventually with the help of an invention, his granted wish comes with a lesson: be careful what you wish for (and how much you eat).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Three Mouths of Little Tom Drum,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 59.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss10/59