Lentil (Picture Puffins) - Robert McCloskey

Lentil written by Robert McCloskey is a 4.8 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. The story is about a young boy who plays the harmonica. The town is excited to welcome their hero home. Everyone except Sneep is getting ready. On the day of the parade, the band is ready to play and welcome the hero. Sneep shows up sucking loudly on a lemon. The band begins to pucker their lips. When the hero arrives, there is silence. Everyone stares at Sneep. Finally, Lentil breaks the silence by playing his harmonica. He saves the day and gets to lead the parade. This story could be used to show there is always a way to solve a problem. It is also a silly example of creativity and persistence.