Lentil cannot sing or even whistle longing to make music in some fashion, he provides himself with a harmonica and practices constantly wherever he is, especially in the bathtub, because there his tone is improved 100 percent A book that, along with its fun, truly illustrates the American scene.
Lentil Lentil cannot sing or even whistle longing to make music in some fashion he provides himself with a harmonica and practices constantly wherever he is especially in the bathtub because there his ton
I m giving this five stars for the illustrations The words are sweet, but I almost felt that the illustrations told the entire story just as well Lentil is the most adorable boy and the story is nostalgic and fun and touching poor Lentil cannot sing well, or whistle, but he loves music so he saves his money to buy a harmonica and his harmonica playing soon saves the day This is from the early 1940s but you could totally picture Opie Taylor from Andy Griffith reading this and getting inspired to [...]
Another of my favorite author of children s books As a child I read all of his books, my favorite always being Homer Price and Make Way for Ducklings They will go down in history Plus his illustrations will always remind me of my childhood Lentil shows show a boy who can t sing can still be musical AND save the day All children should read this one.
The book is cute and is revolved around music A boy who does not have a lot of musical talent, finds a way to express himself musically through a harmonica He finds his best place to practice and has fun while walking to school It is good book.
To check out all my reviews dancinginth3darkWhen researching about this authors bibliography I discover that some of his books are no longer in circulation which is disappointing at times but for this particular book I agree with the vast majority that this book should no longer be available for mass consumption.This book takes place in Alto, Ohio where we meet our main character named Lentil who loves to play the harmonica Based on the illustrations the small town is depicted between the late 1 [...]
I cannot believe I never read this when I was little Lentil, a young boy who cannot pucker his lips, has never been able to sing, nor can he whistle What is a boy to do He goes to the store and buys a harmonica and plays it all around town all the way to school Everyone likes it That is, everyone except Old Sneep While everyone is preparing for Colonel Carter s return to town, Old Sneep is being an old grouch and decides to suck on a lemon, which causes the band to not play their lips are too pu [...]
This is an old classic book, illustrations are black and white but still very adorable Lentil is a little boy that wants so bad to sing but he simply can t So he saves his money and gets a harmonica and teaches himself to play He plays it everywhere he goes A big parade to welcome a special town man coming to town is scheduled but when the train arrives with the man the bank can t play But Lentil brings out his harmonica and saves the day
I thought this book would be very long, but it s just oversized The amount of text on the pages isn t too overwhelming A very cute story about a boy named Lentil who can t sing but learns to play the harmonica instead Then he and his harmonica help out the town at in a difficult very funny situation.
What a cute classic story Robert McCloskey knows how to write fun and moralistic stories The moral of this story just because you don t have one talent doesn t mean you can t find another and in some way save the day.But don t forget to practice practice practice
A nice old fashioned kind of story about a boy who saves the day with his harmonica Mr McCloskey sure liked to draw church steeples Practically every page has a church in it, and there are at least three churches in the town of Alto, Ohio, judging by the endsheet illustration.
I wish I had known about this book when my oldest son wanted a harmonica for his birthday It would have been the perfect go along gift Such a sweet story about a boy who, though not musically inclined, wants to make music He can t carry a tune, and can t even pucker his lips to whistle So he buys a harmonica and practices during every spare moment The day comes when that practice comes in handy and he saves the day with his harmonica tunes Worthwhile themes such as community, giving and gratitud [...]
What a blast from the past I found a nearly new condition copy of Lentil at a resale shop and bought it for my Grandma book shelf because it bears award winning author Robert McCloskey s name But I had forgotten how much I love this one the illustrations are beautifully done and reflect another time perfectly The themes of being yourself, searching until you find your niche, giving to others are all there Teachers and Grandmas can use this book for teaching so many reading skills or just simply [...]
Ugh There were many annoying factors to this story the hero worshipping, the playing nice to get money from the rich guy, the supreme maleness of the book I am giving allowances for that given the time the book was written , the requirement that the reader stretch credulity to the ridiculousness and I give no allowances for that BUT the main part that irked me was this book was obviously written by someone who knows nothing about playing band instruments, and yet he not only chose to write about [...]
A fun story that has humorous, unpredictable twists and is charming Just start reading it and you ll see.McCloskey s illustrations are a delight and I m going to name him the Children s Norman Rockwell as he does such a fabulous job capturing old town America.Ages 3
Lemons always sound good when I read this book.
Named after its main character, Lentil is a story about discovering what makes us unique and using our gifts and abilities to help others Unable to sing, Lentil seeks another musical expression and decides to master the harmonica His talent and dedication combine and he becomes quite skilled on his instrument The whole town gathers at the train station to welcome their most honoured citizen, Colonel Carter, but envious Old Sneep sabotages the event and the band is unable to play Lentil s courage [...]
This was a good, quick book to read even though it was quite dated Copyright 1940 It is fiction, but some things in the book may lead people to believe it was real For example, the book is set in the fictional town of Alto, Ohio home of the great Colonel Carter also fictional The book is about a boy named Lentil who wants to be able to sing, but when he opens his mouth to only strange sounds come out He can t even whistle But then he gets the idea to buy a harmonica, and practices whenever and w [...]
This is one of my favorite stories of all time Little Lentil is great, but the guy who starts sucking the lemons there is just something about him that makes me laugh, even when I think about him Someone who just gets so much pleasure out of spoiling it for everyone else Why are people like that so hilarious to me McCloskey is a very adored writer in our home His gentle but beautiful way of carefully bringing out the personalities and feelings of his characters is so charming Of his stories I ha [...]
This is an adorable book The illustrations alone make it worthwhile reading vivid, humorous, and nostalgic although I guess they weren t nostalgic at the time it was written and first published Lentil was a cute kid who didn t give up on his dream, and was rewarded for it The story itself seemed far fetched to me in several ways Don t you purse your lips to play a harmonica too It s been awhile since I ve played around with one , but this is a kids book, so I guess it s not as big of a deal I mo [...]
This is a pleasant story from a bygone era I wonder if children today would find it interesting and yet, the story s plot is used all the time in contemporary fiction for young people an event is about to happen, the grown ups bungle it, a young person in this case Lentil saves the day But this is not an action packed page turner by today s standards, the story is not over the top wacky, and Lentil s actions are far from heroic, yet he saves the day The difference between this story and so many [...]
Themes Overcoming adversity, Practicing, Bravery, Unexpected Triumphs, MusicThis is a charming story and the penciled artwork added to that element The interactions from the animals towards Lentil as he pursued his talents are quite cute and expressive There are a lot of directional, spatial prepositions Spoiler The last page jarred the story in a different direction with the moral of the story but it was fun anyhow.
Even before I cracked open the book, I could sense the puckered lips and the slurping of the lemon McCloskey s simple black on white drawings convey small town life in Ohio between the first and second World Wars In some ways it seems a little naive, but that is part of what helps it work As for Lentil s finding an alternative to singing, which he couldn t do, his initiative was a benefit to himself and his community.
We ve read several books by Robert McCloskey and have really enjoyed the simple, yet sincere tales that speak of an older time This is another example of such a story It s not our favorite of his tales, but it s a fun story to read aloud and has some interesting characters We enjoyed reading this story together.
This is one of those books you read as a child and reread as an adult and get out of it in later life than you think.Lentil takes up the harmonica, having no idea how to use the little instrument but by sheer determination and practice he manages to master it quite well Just goes to show you, it pays to be young and stubborn
I used to love Robert McCloskey when I was young and saw this at the library It was published in 1940 and it is set in a small town What might make it interesting for kids today is the clothing and home furnishings that were popular back then when their grandparents were young The story is a bit dated.
Another wonderful book by Robert McCloskey I remember checking this out from the Ames Public Library often when I was a kid Great scene in it is when a tuba player in the band during the parade gets puckered up and unable to play b c he sees someone sucking on a lemon I recently bought a beat up old library copy of this book the original version in red Very nostalgic.
Having a great time with this book for Five In a Row DD immediately wanted to get a harmonica.Some topics we re drawing from the story Uniqueness Talents Ohio geography, flag, etc Quality of sound reverberations Telling a story through pictures sequencing Narration Playing with various instruments
Robert McCloskey is as good as capturing humans as he is at ducks The pictures sing and far outshine the writing Old Sneep is a perfect curmudgeon and Lentil is a wonderful ingenue I also like that McCloskey s book always carry a wonderful sense of place, the small town captured here is no exception.
A classic The charcoal drawings evoke a time when the book takes place Written in the 1940 s and depicting small town life when everyone knew each other, it tells the story of Lentil, a boy who was inseparable from his harmonica and saves the day in Alto, Ohio.
Loved the illustrations, especially when Lentil tries to sing around the animals I liked that the status of hero was able to be achieved by a child thinking through and carrying out a simple act And it was appreciated Sweet story, but the illustrations were the best part to me