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Mr. Popper's Penguins (1938)

by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater (Author)

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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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I truly adored the first part of this book and I thought it was going to be a five-star read, but the second half was much worse and I didn't like the ending. I wish I had read this book as a child. ( )
  Donderowicz | Mar 12, 2024 |
Mr. Popper, an unassuming, gentle man, paints houses for a living. His hobbies are reading books and watching documentaries about the North and South Poles. When Popper sends a letter to the famous Antarctic explorer, Admiral Drake, the admiral answers his letter by sending him a surprise- a male Adelie penguin. Mr. Popper names him Captain Cook and builds him a nest in the icebox. When the penguin falls sick from lack of companionship, Mr. Popper gets a female penguin from a zoo. Then, the Poppers transform their basement into a miniature South Pole, and, soon, Greta lays ten eggs. With all the new mouths to feed and extra expenses incurred to keep the penguins cold, the Poppers are soon out of money and in debt. The Poppers and the neighbors love watching the penguins’ antics so Mr. Popper decides to audition them as a theater act. They are a success, and the Poppers go on a ten-week tour of the United States. Wrong directions and penguin antics almost ruin everything.
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  kathymariemax | Feb 5, 2024 |
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.
  PlumfieldCH | Dec 10, 2023 |
I remember my mom reading this aloud to me and my siblings, and that we all really liked it. I'd forgotten pretty much everything, though, and decided to read it to my nieces (ages 7, 9, 10). They all loved it and gave it 5 stars. I have to, also!

This is a really sweet story about a man who is sent penguins, and all the fun silliness that unfolds with him, his family, and his new pets.

"Janie and Bill would often bring their little friends home from school with them, and they would all go down and watch the penguins for hours.
"At night, instead of sitting and reading and smoking his pipe in the living room, as he had done before, Mr. Popper would put on his overcoat and take his things downstairs. There he would sit and read, with his mittens on, looking up from time to time to see what his pets were doing. He often thought.... how different his life had been before the penguins had come to keep him occupied.... He dreaded to think of the time when.... he would have to leave them all day..." pp 79-80 ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
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Atwater, RichardAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwater, FlorenceAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hecht, PaulReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Madsen, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sullivan, NickReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, KarinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The lovable Mr. Popper dreams of being an intrepid Antarctic explorer, living life among the penguins alongside his hero, Admiral Drake. So he is shocked one day when the admiral responds to his fan letter by sending him a real, live penguin! Soon, this penguin is joined by another and before long Mr. Popper has an ice-rink in the basement and a dozen delightful penguins living in his house. With barely enough money to feed his family and an increasing demand for raw fish and canned shrimp, what can the wonderfully imaginative Mr. Popper do but train his penguins and then take the show on the road!
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