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Three Cheers for Tacky (Tacky the Penguin) (edition 1996)

by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

Series: Tacky

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Tacky is an odd penguin trying to fit in with the rest of the penguins. The penguin team is entering a cheer competition, and Tacky wants to join. He ends up messing the cheer up during the competition, but the judges love him. The book is a great and hysterical tale of learning to accept differences. ( )
  RayJones63 | Apr 25, 2012 |
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Tacky - a quirky little penguin with a fondness for Hawaiian shirts, and a penchant for causing chaos - returns for his second adventure in Three Cheers for Tacky. As Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect - those smooth-stepping birds who always kept a "stiff upper beak" - prepare for the upcoming cheering contest, Tacky struggles to fit into their team. But will he be able to perform "properly," when the time comes...?

While not quite as entertaining as the initial Tacky the Penguin, this follow-up is an engaging and humorous picture-book examination of the benefits of individuality. The ending is never really in question, but young readers will enjoy witnessing Tacky's triumph regardless. I appreciated the fact that Tacky's penguin companions aren't depicted as malicious bullies - they simply don't understand, or always appreciate him. Lynn Munsinger's charming illustrations add to the sense of fun. All in all, a solid entry in a series I intend to continue reading... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 19, 2013 |
If you've read the other Tacky stories, this is very similar. The appreciation of the oddball continues. You gotta love it. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Tacky's behaviors are very different - and annoying - to the other penguins, but his individual and creative style help them win the cheering contest. Without him, the judges thought their team was boring. GREAT for discussion when a class member's behavior is very different from the rest of the class. ( )
  lallierr | Aug 19, 2012 |
Tacky is an odd penguin trying to fit in with the rest of the penguins. The penguin team is entering a cheer competition, and Tacky wants to join. He ends up messing the cheer up during the competition, but the judges love him. The book is a great and hysterical tale of learning to accept differences. ( )
  RayJones63 | Apr 25, 2012 |
This is a very cute book about a group of Penguins. Tacky is the "odd bird out". His group enters a cheering competition and they are very worried that Tacky cannot learn the routine. In the end, Tacky's mistakes and funny antics charm the judges and they end up winning the competition. ( )
  Amy_Marie | Feb 17, 2011 |
The penguins enter a cheering contest. They practice and practice until Tacky does the routine exactly right. During the contest the judges are bored by the routine routines, when Tacky's penguin troupe cheers, he messes up but in a hilarious way which gets the judges attention. His mistakes and oddball attitude save the day and win the big contest. ( )
  dangerlibearian | Dec 7, 2010 |
Tacky the penguin adds his own unique touch to his team's routine at the Penguin Cheering Contest, with surprising results. ( )
  kidlit9 | Sep 27, 2010 |
This is great. All the penguin schools are competing in a cheering contest, and the WINNERS get big blue RIBBONS. (There's a great image of all the penguins imagining themselves wearing blue ribbons. Tacky pictures his around his feet!)

So after they firmly explain to Tacky that, on a TEAM everybody is the SAME, they practice their routine. Repeatedly. One, two, three - LEFT! One, two, three - RIGHT! Stand up, sit down, say good night!

Tacky has a few... problems with it. Naturally. But he finally gets it right... and they find out that the non-penguin judges think all the other contestants are boring as heck! Luckily, Tacky can't get it right forever, and by being weird and cool at the same time, he Saves the Day!

The other penguins never are shown mocking Tacky for being different, which is a nice change of pace for this type of book. ( )
  conuly | Aug 31, 2009 |
This book is good for kindergarten to second grade. It teaches children that it is okay to be different. In this book, Tacky is different and because of this his squad wins the cheer competition.
  KristinWhite | Apr 5, 2009 |
This book is a great example of Fantasy because the penguins in the book cheered and talked and sang, and we know that penguins cannot do this in real life. The Illustrations in this book were great. The media used was a combination of watercolor and ink and wash. The Author used 3rd person, describing the events that happened to these penguins in the past tense. A group of penguin students want to compete in a cheer contest, but they are afraid Tacky will hold them back. In the clearly sequenced plot (Beginning, Middle and End) Tacky and his class is introduced, Tacky is identified as different. The team practices their cheer, and the team presents their cheer and wins with Tacky's silly contributions. A great book about embracing differences.
  bekahhynes | Mar 2, 2009 |
Three Cheers for Tacky, is a very cute, and funny story about a penguin named Tacky. Tacky is different from all of the other penguins, and is sometimes seen as an outcast. However, he triumphs at the end, and receives all of the respect from the other penguins.

I thought this story would be a great example to express the importance of individuality to children, and to let them know that it's okay to be different.

A fun after reading assignment would be to sit everyone in a circle, and have them to tell everyone an interesting fact about themselves.
  AshleyHerrera | Feb 12, 2009 |
This is another great book about Tacky the penguin. I would read this book during Tacky week! I love the pictures in this book!
  meallen1 | Nov 10, 2008 |
Great for all ages. Shows children that being different is okay. Each child can use construction paper to make pictures of themselves, then tell ways that they are different.
  sdglenn | Oct 24, 2008 |
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