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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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Narrated by Paul Hecht. Mr. Popper is a house painter with a passionate interest in travel to the North and South Poles. After seeing a movie about the Antarctic he writes to explorer Admiral Drake. The Admiral's response is to send Mr. Popper a live penguin which the Popper family names Captain Cook. He's an entertaining pet but when he becomes ill and listless, a zoo suggests a companion and sends Grace to Mr. Popper. Soon little penguins are born and Mr. Popper not only has set up a special freezer in the basement to keep the penguins cool but the penguins soon become a popular stage act with the help of the family. After a ten-week run Mr. Popper notices their crankiness and despite a Hollywood movie offer (!), decides they are better off going with Admiral Drake to the North Pole "to start a penguin population." At the last minute Mr. Popper is invited to join the expedition and he and his family blissfully take leave of each other.

Given the environmental faux pas (keeping penguins in the basement, introducing a non-native species to the North Pole) and Mr. Popper up and leaving his family, this old-fashioned tale hasn't aged well in contemporary times. But then it does provide opportunities for discussion of what's acceptable behavior.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Good fun story! ( )
  ddbrown201 | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was just adorable! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
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 |
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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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