Tuesday, January 25, 2011

book talk tuesday

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS by Richard and Florence Atwater

IndieBound Description:
Mr. Popper's Penguins is one of the handful of American books for children that has attained the status of a classic. First published in 1938, this story of a housepainter who is sent a male penguin by the great Admiral Drake, and who, thanks to the arrival of a female penguin, soon has twelve penguins living in his house, has amused and enchanted generations of children and their parents.

My Thoughts:
I actually did not read this book as a child, but I think as a child I would've loved it. Just a lot of sillyness and fun that you can read to the whole family and enjoy! One of the timeless classics that deserve never to go out of print.


Ellen Booraem said...

This was one of my favorites when I was a kid! I just loved it when they turned their house into an Arctic wonderland (and Mrs. Popper had to play piano with her gloves on)to make the penguins comfortable. I wanted to do that to my room, but my parents wouldn't let me. They were very conservative.

Grace said...

I might have to pick this up for my daughter! Thank you Grace for your books. My daughter just recently finished reading Year of the Dog and is moving on to Year of the Rat. I read the books after she was done and am just amazed - I am obviously your doppelganger who grew up in Texas instead of New York, down to our English name (I'm a Grace Lin too, along with about 10 other ones that grew up in the Dallas area, lol). Thanks again for the great books that take me back to my childhood.

Beach Mama said...

I have not read the book, but it is on our homeschool co-op's list for me to teach to our 2nd-4th grade kids. Sounds like they will love it!

Alex said...

I din't read this either as a child. I suspect I would have had a problem already knowing how badly penguins smell. But my daughter read it and loved it when she was young.
She liked it so much, that when we went to the penguin house in Central Park, and a penguin swam up to the glass, she leaned over and kissed the glass as quickly as that. I almost died. But since she didn't pick up anything from the glass, it is just a funny story now (she's 22)

anne said...

they read Mr Popper in one of the 2nd grades here, out loud, every year (teacher reads it by chapters to the whole class). It is a wonderful, funny story!