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

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

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

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This is a very motivating story for young kids. It tells the story of a man who has a dream, and when he has the opportunity to fight for his dream, and also provide for his family. He takes his dream very far and fulfills it, but then he is also faced with a choice that will either benefit him or benefit his penguins. This book teaches lessons of selflessness as well. Very much a classic. Probably better for younger kids, beginning chapter books, because some of the language is very simplistic and childish. ( )
  adscrim | May 9, 2014 |
Title Mr. Popper's Penguin's
Author Richard Atwater
Illustrator Florence Atwater
Publisher Little Brown Books
Date 1992
Pages 139

Short Summary: Mr. Popper is a house painter he dreams of traveling the world but he doesn't have the money to so instead he reads magazines about famous people and distant lands. The Popper family one day turns on their radio and a broadcast comes up and there is an admiral Drake who is exploring Antarctica the admiral has actually answered a letter from Mr. Popper and he promises Mr. Popper a surprise in the mail. His big surprise is a penguin named Captain cook who sleeps in the freezer in their home. He ends up getting another penguin sent to him because Captain Cook is lonely it is a female penguin. This female penguin ends up having twelve other penguins and Mr. Popper enters al these penguins in a circus.

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My Response: I actually have seen the movie to this before I read the book. The movie is pretty good and pretty funny too. It pretty much follows the book. I think penguins are such cute animals also. Good book and movie also. ( )
  Mihalevich | May 8, 2014 |
This is a classic story about Mr. Popper and his family and how they came to be the owners of 12 rambunctious penguins. Mr. Popper and his family experience a little money trouble and so they decide to train the 12 penguins to perform in theaters. The crowd loves them and the 12 penguins become quite famous.
  kbesaw | Mar 11, 2014 |
I picked this up because it's a Newbery. I read it because a dear friend said it was her favorite book at a child. It is the first Newbery I've read that didn't strike my heart. It's delightful and whimsically and silly - perfect for young children. But I'm still puzzling why it's a Newbery. ( )
  empress8411 | Feb 28, 2014 |
Still great after all these years. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Atwater, Richardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwater, Florencemain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:36 -0400)

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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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