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Tacky the Penguin (Book and CD) Paperback – October 18, 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Tacky the Penguin Series

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From Publishers Weekly

None of the penguins can tolerate Tacky's loud habits--until they scare off a pack of hunters. PW declared that "this book is must reading for any kid--or grown-up--who refuses to follow the pack." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 Tacky the Penguin is a total nonconformist who lives with a group of formal, proper penguins. But it is Tacky who foils the plans of three critters with ``get-rich-quick plans'' that threaten the penguins' existence. With his un-penguin-like antics, Tacky puzzles the hunters to such an extent that they're firmly convinced they cannot be in the ``land of the pretty penguins.'' This is a rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are ad vantages to being an individual. Mun singer cheerfully captures the mood of the tale with her whimsical, full-color illustrations that are particularly strong in depicting the hunters' deter mined, then befuddled, expressions and Tacky's madcap antics. This is sure to elicit lots of chuckles from young readers. Bonnie Wheatley, Emma Conn Elementary School, Ra leigh, N.C.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tacky the Penguin
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Pap/Com edition (October 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618737545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618737543
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Tacky the Penguin was an odd bird; not at all behaving like his companions (you know, orderly). Oh well! Let's face it! He was just plain tacky! He did have one saving asset--he could "think outside the box!" Although author Helen Lester doesn't ever resort to the killer of young children's stories--PREACHING!--she makes her points so gracefully that the book is a perfect opener to the lesson of TOLERANCE. Like many good children's stories, this one certainly invites a grownup to get into a gentle discussion about other children that seem a bit different. That differences (per se) are not bad, but rather makes our world interesting, and sometimes can actually save lives. We are, after all, an interdependent society. Definitely not an empty-headed action story! For my six year old grand-daughter, it provoked an entire stream of anecdotes about classmates and playmates and her odd little brother.
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Format: Paperback
Tacky is the cutest children's book I have read! I'm 15 and I still read it! It is very funny and gives children a good message about being yourself. All kids should read it!
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Format: Paperback
VERY POOR quality RECORDING. VOLUME VARIES TOO MUCH, resulting in flinching when it increases suddenly, and straining when the reader's voice gets too soft; both happen frequently making listening pretty frustrating. Please don't try to listen to this one while driving in the car.
NARRATION begins immediately after the PAGE TURN SIGNAL sounds, making it very frustrating to try to follow along using that side of the cassette. It's challening enought for adults to turn the pages fast enough on this recording. It would be next to impossible for a child of almost any age to do so.
A re-issue would be much appreciated as the STORY IS WONDERFUL AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Format: Paperback
Our 2 1/2 year old daughter loves to have her daddy read her this book over and over again. Although she can't read, she knows the book so well that she is able to tell us the story just by looking at each page. Tacky teaches us that it is OK to be an "odd bird" because that's what makes us all so unique. So, march and sing off key and enjoy yourself!
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Format: Paperback
Tacky the penguin is just funny. I love reading this book to my son. He is always demanding that I read it for bed time and he's only 3 years old. We read Tacky the Penguin and Three Cheers for Tacky. I'm just looking to buy him a couple more of the stories since he loves them so much. They all have a good moral about not judging people, and if you were the odd kid now parent (like myself) you will appreciate being able to teach this lesson to your kids at a young age. I highly recommend it for anyone with young children.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"Tacky the Penguin" is poorly formatted for the Kindle. The pages are printed straight out of the book with words too small to read, and then the same printed text in Kindle format on the previous or following pages. Numbers and letters which mean nothing out of context are jumbled right on in with everything else. An extreme example is on the final pages, where the letters from the music sheet are printed right in with the lyrics. I'm surprised my daughter could make it all out.
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Format: Paperback
Both of my children (aged 4 and 5 1/2) have enjoyed all of the Tacky books, but this first book is probably the best of the series. Tacky is an unorthodox penguin who seems to either be unaware of how different he is or unconcerned with the fact beginning with his wild Hawaiian shirt attire in contrast to the buttoned up tuxedo look of his penguin peers. While other penguins in the book conform to appropriate penguin (or human) behavior with names like "Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly" and "Perfect," Tacky marches to the beat of a different, syncopatic drummer. Both of our kids readily identified with his differences and quickly learned to mimic some of his mannerisms such as hearty slaps on the back while hollering, "What's happening?!" and singing "How many toes does a fish have?" at the top of their lungs. Whether marching, swimming, or singing, Tacky is definitely different. This book is an endearing mix of wonderful messages (it's ok to be yourself, sometimes our fears are worse than the reality, and creative problem solving are a few that come to mind) that are all delivered in a humorous, silly story that my kids love and I can read over and over again without getting bored.
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I was so excited to find this book for my daughter who is having a baby next month. I used to read it to her as a child. This book is a perfect life lesson that, when read with a little narrative finesse - will make your children Laugh Out Loud. When my daughter opened this she exclaimed "Oh my Gosh I love this book!!"
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