I just discovered a new book! I thought I had read most all of Robert McCloskey's books (at least all the ones I can get my hands on). But oh no, as I was rummaging through our library shelves, I discovered this little gem: Lentil (c. 1940).
Now, I want you to close your eyes and think back. Amble down the streets of Mayberry, USA, past the courthouse over to Floyd's Barber Shop. Notice how time slows down with the traffic. Pull up a chair and listen to Andy and Floyd spin a few yarns. This story, Lentil, by Robert McCloskey could easily be one of Andy Griffith's yarns (but remember, it's Robert McCloskey's) describing the homecoming of the local celebrity, Colonel Carter. Sometimes town heroes pop up in the most unexpected places, impersonating themselves in the most unassuming people!