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Henry Shortbull Swallows the Sun
This title covers these subjects: Tall tales., Greed -- Fiction., Sun -- Fiction.
Henry Shortbull Swallows the Sun
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Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader

Henry Shortbull Swallows the Sun

by Jill Kalz
Illustrated by Sahin Erkocak

Henry Shortbull gleefully hogs every toy, crumb, and bit of attention in sight, refusing to share with anyone. When Henry goes so far as to swallow the sun, he realizes that greed isn’t good. Will he be able to make amends with the people of Pfeffernut County?

GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level530L
ATOS Level3.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116554
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Sara Lorimer

"Henry Shortbull does not have a middle name, but he wants one along with much more. “If Henry Shortbull had a middle name, it would have been Greedy--Henry Greedy Shortbull.” He wants the best seat on the school bus, all the books in the library, and all the instruments in the band room. He does not share treats at parties or presents at Christmas. One summer day he felt the warm sun on his skin and “knew what he had to do. He climbed the tallest tree he could find, plucked the sun from the sky, and GULP! swallowed it whole.” Now he had everything, right? He sees the people in town light candles and lanterns, and cows freeze mid-moo. His stomach grumbles terribly, and Henry realizes he has made a mistake. “Now everyone is sad,” he tells his grandmother. “And I have nothing to do and nowhere to go. I have nothing!” Grandmother points out that he has his family, and that “having people who love you is worth more than 20 suns.” Henry thinks about his family, his schoolmates, and everyone else in town, everyone except himself, then he burps the sun back out into the sky. He finally realizes he had everything he needed. This is a charming story, a nice mix of traditional fable and modern humor, and would work well for a class section on generosity or thankfulness. The full-color, full-page illustrations are amusing and complement the text. Back matter includes facts about the sun, a recipe for Pfeffernuesse cookies, and questions to start conversations. This title is from the “Pfeffernut County” series." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Save the Picture Book Blog

"Announcing--our first out of town school book reviews! These are from Sunflower Elementary in Paola, Kan., which is about an hour from Kansas City, and happens to be where my grandma and grandpa grew up (in apartments down the hall from each other--a sweet story for another day. For now, a Fact of the Day: The sunflower is both the Kansas state flower and nickname--"the Sunflower State.") Jamie McDaniel's fifth grade class reviewed a variety of funny picture books. From their reviews, I learned about a cool new series! The Pfeffernut County books, published by Capstone, are about, well, Pfeffernut County. It's a place on the prairie. (Perhaps in Minnesota, where Capstone is based. Or perhaps in Kansas, another beautiful prairie state.) In Pfeffernut County, people dream big! I love books that tell stories about people in a small community and think this is a great idea for a kids' series. Here are a couple reviews--by Noah and Drew--for Henry Shortbull Swallows the Sun, by Jill Kalz, ill. by Sahin Erkocak (Capstone, 2008.) Noah L., age 10: Summary: A boy who wants everything swallows a sun making all the lights go out in Pfeffernut County. What did you like about this book? It had good suspense and a good plot. What is something you wish was different about the book? I wish he had the sun in his somattach a little longer. What was funny about this book? When he ate the sun. How did this book make you feel? Happy, and not to be greedy. Who would like this book the most? Mostly 5-12 year olds. Drew, age 11: Summary: A kid who wonted everything so he would take people’s toys and be mean and then one day he swallowed the sun. What did you like about this book? When he swallowed the sun. What is something you wish was different about the book? I wish that he swallowed the Moon. What was funny about this book? When his grandma was wondering why there was no light. How did this book make you feel? Curious. Who would like this book the most? 1st grade. And two for Farmer Cap, also by Kalz and Erkocak, reviewed by Sabrina and Lydia. Sabrina F., age 10: Summary: A farmer know plants weird things the other farmers think he’s weird they finely do some of his ideas. What did you like about this book? That it was funny and that the farmer was weird. What is something you wish was different about the book? That the other farmers would plant 4 things. What was funny about this book? That farmer cap planted pink marshmulows. How did this book make you feel? Happy. Who would like this book the most? My little brother. Lydia C., age 10: Summary: A weird farmer who grows weird things that are not farming things like popsicles, spaghetti, and marshmellows. But in the end he changed farming ways by getting everyone to plant those kinda things. What did you like about this book? The funny, crazy, unreal things in it. What is something you wish was different about the book? More words. What was funny about this book? The crazy weird things that he grew. How did this book make you feel? I really adore, admire this book. And it was very humorous. It made me cuckled inside. Who would like this book the most? Little kids. 1-12. The Sunflower fifth graders did a great job, and as runners up in the Save the Laughing Children! (and the Picture Book) contest, they will receive two picture books, plus something funny (but useful.) Well done, kids!" - Save the Picture Book Blog

April 20, 2011

Jill Kalz

Jill Kalz

Jill Kalz is the author of more than 70 children's books. Her picture book Farmer Cap (Picture Window Books) was a finalist for a 2008 Minnesota Book Award and the winner of the Readers' Choice Award and an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award. Jill also writes short stories and poetry for adults. She works as a children's book editor and lives in Minnesota with her charismatic dog, Tuckerbean.

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