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Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

Mr. Popper's Penguins (1938)

by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater (Author)

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  SteppLibrary | May 20, 2019 |
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  liannecollins | Apr 18, 2019 |
Why is this considered a classic? I can only assume it is because people love penguins. Penguins are pretty great -- they are fascinating creatures, very cute and fun to watch, as well as zoologically interesting to learn about. I understand why they are so many children's books and movies about penguins. I do not understand why this particular one endures, except that people must hold some misplaced nostalgic affection for it, because it keeps getting (unjustifiably) passed down through the generations. As a librarian, I can happily recommend many better books, including ones about penguins. ( )
1 vote jenspirko | Jul 24, 2018 |
This story is about a painter from Oklahoma that attempts to raise a dozen penguins at his home. As the costs of raising them goes up, he comes up with clever ways to receive money until he has to give the penguins away. More advanced readers could read this interesting chapter book on penguins. Teachers could teach a lesson on penguins habitats because they have to live in certain climates. ( )
  shelbieramon | Apr 22, 2018 |
I read this aloud to my 6 and 9 year old daughters. We all enjoyed it. Cute story. Found it on Hoopla. ( )
  Aseleener | Mar 24, 2018 |
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Atwater, FlorenceAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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