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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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A light and entertaining book. O enjoyed it. It is easy to imagine all that the penguins get up to. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Mr. Popper lives a quiet, uneventful life with his wife and two children. After a strange turn of events, a package containing a live penguin from Antarctica shows up in his living room. Soon enough, they no longer have one penguin living with them, they have ten. Despite being almost completely broke, the Poppers take care of their new family and learn the happiness that comes with the little things in life.

Characters: Mr. Popper, Mr. Popper's Family, Admiral Drake, Captain Cook & other penguins
Setting: Fictional town of Stillwater (where Mr & Mrs Popper live)
Theme: Generosity - giving of self

Possible post-reading discussions include:
friendship; kindness; caring for animals; preferring others; and generosity.
  kimberlyfox | Sep 8, 2015 |
Ms. Hopkins read this aloud to us in 4th grade, and I loved it. The alliteration pleased me so much; I should have always known that I would become a lit major and then an English teacher. :) ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Mr. Popper wants to travel the world, especially to places where its cold. Popper writes to Admiral Drake, and he gets not only a response but a package, its a penguin! Although soon this penguin becomes lonely so he gets another, then another, then another, until he has a house full of penguins. The penguins eventually take over and Popper takes them on the road. This book was extremely enjoyable and causes lots of laughs.

Teaching Idea: teach a lesson on penguin life and how they would have to live with popper (what would need to be done)
  aehunter | May 4, 2015 |
Summary: This is a book about Mr. Popper who is a house painter. He dreams about traveling the world, especially to polar regions. He wrote a letter to Admiral Drake and one day he is listening to the radio and hears that Admiral Drake has responded to his letter and is sending a package. One day Mr. Popper gets a package in the mail and it's a penguin named Captain. Captain is lonely, so Admiral Drake sends a female penguin to keep Captain company. The two penguins end up having twelve more penguins. Mr. Popper quits his job to take care of his penguins. They start a traveling circus and that is how Mr. Popper takes care of his family.

Personal Reaction: I think this is a very cute and funny book. I wouldn't have known it was written in the '30s unless I had been looking for that information. This is a timeless book and kids all over would benefit from reading it.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) We could use this to talk about penguins, the South Pole, and other animals that live there
2) We could have our own class circus and talk about what all goes into having a circus
  Bretny | Apr 29, 2015 |
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Mr Popper receives an unexpected delivery--a real, live penguin! Soon, another penguin arrives...and another...until his home is transformed into a snowy winter wonderland. As the penguins--each with a distinct and delightful personality--contiune to turn Mr. Popper's life upside down, he decides to take this show on the road. Mr. Popper's penguins becomes a nationwide sensation.
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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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