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Mr. Popper's Penguins [Kindle Edition]

Richard Atwater , Florence Atwater , Robert Lawson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mr. Popper has penguins in his fridge, an ice rink in the basement, and a family for whom life will never be the same
 
How many penguins in the house is too many? Mr. Popper is a humble house painter living in Stillwater who dreams of faraway places like the South Pole. When an explorer responds to his letter by sending him a penguin named Captain Cook, Mr. Popper and his family’s lives change forever. Soon one penguin becomes twelve, and the Poppers must set out on their own adventure to preserve their home.
 
First published in 1938, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a classic tale that has enchanted young readers for generations. 
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard and Florence Atwater including rare photos from the authors’ estate.


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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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“Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 1307 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Young Readers (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051WIWP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opus times twelve May 17, 2004
Format:Paperback
I've lived 26 years on this earth. In those 26 years I've learned a lot about children's books. I've learned which ones are considered the holiest of holies and which are to be condemned and spat upon. So I was completely taken aback when I learned that there was a 1938 children's book that absolutely no one had ever told me to read before. "Mr. Popper's Penguins" was a delight to discover. Suddenly I was privy to reading a charming story of a man and his penguins, and I had never even heard a peep about this tale from anyone. What gives? Why isn't "Mr. Popper's Penguins" as well-known and well-read as "Cheaper by the Dozen" or "Stuart Little"? There is no answer to this question. There is only this wonderful book, well-illustrated and magnificently written for the younger set.

Mr. Popper is a house painter, and mostly a good one. True, he does sometimes fall into fits of fancy, dreaming about the Arctic explorers and the ice floes to the North and South. His wife and children don't necessarily understand his dreams, but that doesn't sway Mr. Popper. One day, out of the blue, he receives word that one of the great explorers he wrote, Admiral Drake, read his letter and is sending him a present. As any child who remembers the title of the book might guess, a penguin comes hopping out of a newly delivered crate the next day. Mr. Popper is charmed by the little guest, and names him Captain Cook. Cook is a curious beasty, and the Poppers do everything from outfitting their refrigerator to taking Captain Cook for walks. When the penguin falls into a deep depression it is only the delivery of a second penguin from the zoo, Gerta, that cheers him up. Soon the penguin pair lay some eggs and the Popper household is privy to ten more lovely jumpy penguins.
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Teachers to Use For A Thematic Unit October 13, 2000
Format:Paperback
My daughter recently brought this book home, and after reading only one page, I went and bought my own copy! I had to have this for my classroom!
I teach children with mild to moderate specific learning disabilities who need to regularly experience success in reading if they are ever going to become lifelong readers. What better way to foster desired literacy behaviors than using this delightful tale of an absentminded housepainter, his tidy, yet serious wife, their two children, and 12 performing penguins!
After reading this book, I thought that it would be ideal to use as the focus of a thematic unit on penguins. Believe it or not, there are many themes in the book that lend themselves to serious classroom discussion. For example, Mr. Popper daydreams of far-away places. There is the theme of daydreaming, why people daydream, as well as the theme of travel. Students could be asked to journal about their daydreams, as well as their hopes and dreams of visiting faraway places, which leads into a study of the geography and culture of other people.
In my 6th grade language arts class, I plan on focusing on the 17 different types of penguins there are, where they are found, some of their habits, as well as studying about polar exploration. Thanks to this timeless tale, I have a wealth information to use for exploration with my own class.
Mr. Popper's Penguins is a wonderful example of how a well written trade book can be used across the curriculum, to foster lifelong literacy habits, and broaden a child's horizon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring favourite December 30, 2000
Format:Paperback
My Grade 4 students gobble up this book! I include it in several " thematic literature kits": animal stories, award winners, and humourous stories. Reluctant readers are especially attracted to it, as it isn't difficult to read independently. It really grabs their attention and makes them laugh out loud. Even slow readers work hard to make their way through this novel.
Kids especially love all the penguins, their hilarious antics, and the bizarre trouble they get into.
It's also full of very interesting knowledge. We delve a little into history, getting a glimpse of life in the 1930's. We learn some geography, about exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic. And we certainly learn about penguins!
Written in the 1930's, this book has become a classic that hasn't lost any of its appeal for kids today. I've never seen a kid who didn't love it!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review about Mr. Popper's Penguins April 18, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book and thought is was cute, funny, and a great read! The charecters are: Mr. Popper, a man very interested in the arctic, Mrs. Popper who is his wife, thier children Janie and Bill, the 12 penguins, Mr. Greenbuam who owns a theater, and Admiral Drake who is an arctic explorer. Mr. Popper is sent a penguin by Admiral Drake. When the penguin gets sick the aquarium sends Mr. Popper a girl penguin, and, naturally the 2 have babies.The Poppers cannot affford the penguins, so Mr. Popper decides to let them perform on stage. Mr. Greenbaum lets them use his stage, and the family gets richer and richer. At the end Admiral Drake comes and asks Mr. Popper if he would like to take the performing penguins and himself to the South Pole for 2 years. Mr. Popper says yes. I hope you read this book because it is wonderful.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A laugh out loud book, enjoyable for everyone. November 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A house painter who loves the Arctic is in for the surprise of his life. He receives a penguin from the famous Admiral Drake and his life changes forever. The penguin gets lonely and sick so Mr. Popper must get him another to help his buddy. The the fun starts when the other penguin has the little penguins. This book touched my every emotion. It would make you laugh on one page then scare you on the next. It would keep you on the edge of your seat in supense and ease you with laughter. I was intrigued by the way that one event led into the next. If comedy is what you like along with the drama then Mr. Popper's Penguins would make a great choice for your next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
In wonderful shape
Published 1 day ago by JENNIFER RUSH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun book. My son enjoyed reading it.
Published 4 days ago by kimberly witz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute and funny, especially for kids who like penguins.
Published 6 days ago by Carol Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Three generations have lnow oved Mr. Popper's Penguins
I read this to myself as a child and remember it fondly. Read it to my son who loved it and now have read it at least five times to my 6 year old granddaughter who also loves it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!!!!!!!
Mr.Poppers Penguins is AWSOME it's a great children's book great for adults to. It will totally make you laugh out loud.BEST BOOK EVER!!! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mark White
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up from 7 year old
My son thinks the book was pretty good. He likes penguins just like Mr Popper. He would like a pet penguin.
Published 12 days ago by Sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to have personal copy for Battle of the Books.
Published 17 days ago by K. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I loved this so much my heart almost blew up!! It was a wonderful, gifted story! I loved it so much!
Published 20 days ago by Rebecca K. Chalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read aloud story for my 5 year old!
Henry (my 5 year old) says "Thank you! I loved this book so much!" Great story to read aloud at bedtime. Now we are excited to watch the movie!
Published 24 days ago by KP
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny story that will entertain and enrich!
Wonderful book for the whole family! Somehow I had missed this when I was a kid. Certainly deserves more recognition! Read more
Published 27 days ago by LegoMama
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