Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love to read a children's book now and then and this is a classic, written in 1938.
Mr. Popper is a wall paperer/decorator, married with two children. He has always longed to travel to the Antarctic. He receives a huge surprise delivery from Captain Drake, an explorer..... a penguin! From there, adventures abound, as you might imagine, with a penguin in your house.
Rather sad at being alone, another penguin arrives to make a couple, with the expected arrival thereafter of a number of baby penguins. It takes a lot of money to feed and house them, so a way must be found to fund it all. Mr. Popper develops an act for the penguins and they take it on the road with great success.
A delightful read for young and not so young. Most children today probably only know of this title through the recent movie with Jim Carrey. As in most cases, the book is far superior and should be on the reading list for middle to older grade schooled.
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