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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Tacky the Penguin

by Helen Lester

Other authors: Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

Series: Tacky (1)

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In this book, Tacky the penguin is described as an "odd bird" by his penguin family and friends in the way that he acts and silly things that he does. When hunters come and try to go after the penguins, Tacky steps in acting as his "normal, tacky (odd) self", and surprises the hunters who end up deciding they want nothing to do with the penguins. In the end, Tacky saves the day and even though he is an "odd bird", his penguin family and friends agree that he is a good bird to have around. This is a great book to describe individuality and uniqueness.
  abbye183 | Jan 20, 2019 |
This is a story about a penguin that is a little different from the other penguins. He gets left out because he is different, but he ends up helping the other penguins and they become friends. This is a good book to use for younger children to address the teasing of others and how it is okay to be different. ( )
  Megannau1 | Nov 6, 2018 |
This is a cute children's book with a valuable lesson!!!! ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
This is by far one of my favorite stories to read. The central message of the book is by far one of the best. It is ok to be different. A lot of students can relate to this story since everyone is different in their own way like Tacky. Tacky is a penguin, but is not a typical penguin like his friends. Since he is different, without realizing, he makes the hunters disappear and not want to hunt the penguins anymore because they believe Tacky represents how all the "pretty penguins" are. Tacky's character is extremely relatable to people who feel like they do not fit in. This story would be perfect for students who may have a disability of some sort since many of those students feel as if they do not fit in and mean nothing to society as a whole. Tacky never realized he may not fit in, but in the end he feels more welcomed than ever by his fellow penguins. This book is perfect for students just starting school and is great for Kindergartners or 1st graders. ( )
  mmanle7 | Mar 26, 2017 |
Tacky the Penguin is a lovably awkward character in this story. Students enjoy his silly singing and strange outfit. Although there is a good message behind this humorous story, there are some elements that could interfere with the flow of the story. For example, Tacky's companions are named Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect. The author's choice in naming is meant to add to the idea that Tacky is strange and the other penguins are normal, but using adverbs as names threw me off when I first read this story. It could cause confusion in students who do not have solid concepts of where different parts of speech fit into a sentence.
  carleyaflores | Dec 12, 2016 |
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There once lived a penguin.
Tacky was an odd bird.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395562333, Paperback)

Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

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Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

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