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Mr. Popper's penguins (original 1938; edition 1938)

by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

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Title:Mr. Popper's penguins
Authors:Richard Atwater
Other authors:Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
Info:Boston : Little, Brown and Co., [1988], c1938.
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Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater (1938)

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Mr. Popper's Penguins is a delightful book. It brought my 5th grade class a lot of joy. I read it to my class just for the joy of reading. They loved how the penguins took over the Popper household. I give it 5 stars for enjoyment. I plan to continue using this book as a read aloud for years to come. I also plan to read it to my own children. ( )
  ramfam5 | Mar 15, 2015 |
  julieabc | Mar 8, 2015 |
I had never read 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' growing up. I enjoyed Mr. Popper’s fulfilling his dream and appreciated the long-suffering Mrs. Popper. Even though the book was written in the 30s, I feel it transcends time. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Feb 25, 2015 |
A bit dated, but still quite enjoyable. Mr. Popper is a housepainter with a wife and two children, but he dreams of adventure, particularly polar exploration. When he writes to Admiral Drake, he gets more than he expected: not just a response, but a real live penguin in the mail! Mr. Popper calls his penguin Captain Cook, and makes him a home in the icebox, to Mrs. Popper's chagrin. Soon, lonely Captain Cook is joined by Greta, and the two penguins produce ten penguin chicks. Then the Poppers take the show on the road...


Now a penguin may look very strange in a living room, but a living room looks very strange to a penguin. (23)

"I tell you," said the policeman, "honestly I don't know what the municipal ordinance about penguins is, with or without a leash, on the public streets. I'll ask my sergeant." (40)

Mr. Popper discovered that when a penguin has found steps going up somewhere, it is absolutely impossible to keep him from climbing them. (59) ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 4, 2014 |
Mr. Popper is a house painter about to hit his quiet season of winter who dreams of travel, especially in polar regions, when a gift of a penguin unexpectedly arrives from Admiral Drake's antarctic expedition.

This Newbery Honor award-winning story shows its age from the language (Mr. and Mrs. Popper call each other "Mama" and "Papa" among other wording choices) to the simplistic explanations ("Yes, Papa, I know seals can balance balls on their noses"). A few plot developments were logically sketchy at best. It was sometimes amusing, but mostly I was bored and underwhelmed. Perhaps young children who enjoy penguins would be interested, though most I know would get impatient with the rather slow development of the story. ( )
  bell7 | Oct 9, 2014 |
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Mr. Popper's Penguin's on the surface is about a housepainter whose passion for adventure - and something 'more' inspires him to write to well known explorer based in Antarctica who ends up sending him a gift that will change Mr Popper and his family forever. The explorer sends one penguin, then, after "Captain Cook" gets depressed Mr. Popper gets him a female friend and after nature takes its course, the Poppers end up with 10 more penguins. Mr. and Mrs. Popper figure out these penguins while a financial drain, are quite smart, and are trainable, and the penguins end-up becomming an act for the family which they take on the road and finally get to do the travelling that Mr. Popper has always daydreamed of. The two great elements of this book - and the reason this book would be an excellent incorporation into the primary grade classroom, (or any age between 5-10-ish years old), would be first due to it's illustrations (Lawson). The penguins come across as loveable, simple, and inquisitive. Second, Mr. Popper is such a daydreamer - and largerly about travelling, this might be an excellent way to discuss the world in curricular fashion - a theme or unit - and have children journal about places they would like to travel and then research these places.
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More than 60 years have not dated this wonderfully absurd tale--it still makes kids (and parents) laugh out loud. Poor Mr. Popper isn't exactly unhappy; he just wishes he had seen something of the world before meeting Mrs. Popper and settling down. Most of all, he wishes he had seen the Poles, and spends his spare time between house-painting jobs reading all about polar explorations. Admiral Drake, in response to Mr. Popper's fan letter, sends him a penguin; life at 432 Proudfoot Avenue is never the same again. From one penguin living in the icebox, the Popper family grows to include 12 penguins, all of whom must be fed. Thus is born "Popper's Performing Penguins, First Time on Any Stage, Direct from the South Pole." Their adventures while on tour are hilarious, with numerous slapstick moments as the penguins disrupt other acts and invade hotels. Classic chapter-a-night fun. (Ages 5 to 10) --Richard Farr

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The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

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