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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 found this book when I was a child and am delighted to find it in the GHA Library. Don't ever get rid of it.
  kathryn.leitzke | Feb 15, 2023 |
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  PBEBOOKS | Jan 20, 2023 |
Mr. Popper is a house painter from Stillwater. When he inherits two penguins, one from the zoo and one from a man he admires, Admiral Drake, his life and the lives of his family get turned upside down. Next thing you know, they have 12 penguins to feed. When times become tough, he takes the penguins on the road and tries to have them perform for money. Ultimately, he realizes the penguins belong in the Arctic and returns them to their habitat. ( )
  tiffanie.skersick | Jan 15, 2023 |
An odd little story. The only thing I liked much was the story of how it came to be. ( )
  MBTC | Jul 9, 2022 |
My son's wedding gigs got more numerous and later for a time. A catch up from the dearth of such gigs last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, my 9-year old grandson did a few sleep overs with us. In previous years, I would read mostly picture books to him at bed time. I wondered if I could step up the level. It seemed that I could. We got through about half of Mr. Popper's Penguins the first night we was here, and he looked forward to finishing it up for his second night here. I was rather happy to revisit this gem from my childhood and that of my own children.

So, Mr. Popper is a house painter who spends most of his spare time reading about and dreaming about exploration in the Antarctic and Arctic. He even writes letters to the explorers, or to Admiral Drake in the Antarctic at any rate. One day, a large box from Adm. Drake appears on Mr. Popper's doorstep. It's a penguin from the South Pole. Mr. Popper names him Capt. Cook.

Capt. Cook fits into the family rather nicely, but after a time becomes rather despondent and sickens. Mr. Popper writes to a museum that is supposed to know something about penguins. It turns out the museum has a despondent penguin of their own. They send it to Mr. Popper in case he can figure out a cure. The new penguin, Greta, and Capt. Cook strike up a friendship and heal miraculously.

But then, they start having babies, ten in all. Mr. Popper forms his twelve penguins into a traveling act, which is quite a success. Well, other things happen, but I'll stop here. All in all, it's a rather charming story with a comfortable ending.
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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 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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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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3 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.

Editions: 0316058432, 0316058424, 1600246753


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