Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.


Tacky the Penguin (1988)

by Helen Lester

Other authors: Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

Series: Tacky the Penguin

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3,096534,194 (4.34)14
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.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 14 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 53 (next | show all)
Tacky is a different penguin that ends up saving everyone because of his differences.
  B-Chad | Jul 3, 2023 |
Tacky the Penguin stands out from his friends. They don't quite understand why he is so loud and dresses so different. One day, a pack of hunters come for the penguins. Tacky scares them off with his unique personality, and saves the day. His friends realize how important he is and value his uniqueness. ( )
  NicolleHillier | Feb 22, 2020 |
This is a story about a penguin named Tacky who is not at all afraid to be himself. His companions go about their daily routines in a neat and orderly fashion, but Tacky likes to do things in his own way, like marching silly, making splashy cannon balls, and singing to his own tune. One day, some hunters show up ready to hunt some penguins, but Tacky knows just how to get rid of them. This is a great story about being yourself, even if no one else is with you. The illustrations are bright, and simple, yet just enough detail. My students are still quoting this book weeks after we read it! ( )
  kristenheidecker | Feb 10, 2020 |
Tacky the Penguin is about an odd bird who is much different than his fellow penguin friends. The penguins become worried when hunters arrive. Tacky's normal behavior gets the hunters to leave. The other penguins learn to love Tacky's odd behavior as in the end he is their hero.
Students love the humor Helen Lester used in this story and the behavior of Tacky. This story leaves students with an important lesson on accepting differences. ( )
1 vote alexaolson | Feb 3, 2020 |
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 53 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lester, HelenAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munsinger, LynnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
First words
There once lived a penguin.
Tacky was an odd bird.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

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.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Current Discussions


Popular covers

Quick Links


Average: (4.34)
2 2
3 21
3.5 6
4 52
4.5 10
5 81

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 197,679,081 books! | Top bar: Always visible