Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Poppers unexpectedly come into possession of a penguin, then get a penguin from the zoo who mates with the first penguin to have 10 baby penguins. Before long, something must be done before they eat the Poppers out of house and home!A classic of American humor, this story of a gentle housepainter and his high stepping penguins has delighted children for generations.

Mr. Popper's Penguins Details

TitleMr. Popper's Penguins
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 14th, 2011
PublisherOpen Road Media Teen & Tween
Rating
GenreChildrens, Fiction, Classics, Animals, Favorites

Mr. Popper's Penguins Review

  • Evan Schwenk
    January 1, 1970
    The single greatest book of my childhood. (Nerd alert warning)...This will explain how much I enjoyed this book. When I first read it, I had inherited a copy from one of my older siblings. They had written their name in the front of it, because our mother has a weird obsession with putting our names on everything that was ours (especially books and clothes). When I was sent home with one of the scholastic book buy handouts (which I was obsessed with), I told my mom that we did not own the book. The single greatest book of my childhood. (Nerd alert warning)...This will explain how much I enjoyed this book. When I first read it, I had inherited a copy from one of my older siblings. They had written their name in the front of it, because our mother has a weird obsession with putting our names on everything that was ours (especially books and clothes). When I was sent home with one of the scholastic book buy handouts (which I was obsessed with), I told my mom that we did not own the book. Yes...I lied to my mother in order to buy a seven dollar book when I was in third grade just so that I could put my name on the front cover. Still a little proud of that moment
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Obviously, I am taking this too seriously, but I found the financial ineptitude of Mr. Popper most distressing.
  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
    Why have I shelved this as Hallowe'en read?Page 7, paragraph 4, second sentence: "I have papered all the rooms in the new apartment building on Elm Street"So, I had no problem cracking this open except, except, except...the copy I have been sent, contrary to what I ordered, is this movie tie-in version and there are photos from the film in the middle.The story itself is lovely fun with only a couple of domestic violence against penguin scenes; perfect for reading outloud.
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  • Ivonne Rovira
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to re-reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins; however, as soon as I started reading this delightful book, I realized that I had never read it as a child. Good thing that I was able to make up for that omission now, in late middle age!House painter Mr. Popper has always longed to be a polar explorer; after a letter to Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake, the admiral ships Mr. Popper a clever Gentoo penguin. The new arrival, dubbed Captain Cook after the English explorer, proceeds I was really looking forward to re-reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins; however, as soon as I started reading this delightful book, I realized that I had never read it as a child. Good thing that I was able to make up for that omission now, in late middle age!House painter Mr. Popper has always longed to be a polar explorer; after a letter to Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake, the admiral ships Mr. Popper a clever Gentoo penguin. The new arrival, dubbed Captain Cook after the English explorer, proceeds to change the lives of the Popper family in every way. I completely enjoyed Mr. Popper’s fulfilling his dream and appreciated the long-suffering Mrs. Popper. I believe that, even 70 years later, children would still love this book — and its intelligent, gentle penguins. Surely, they’d envy the Popper children, Janie and Bill, who get to frolic with a flock of penguins!In 1939, Thimble Summer won the Newbery Award, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins was named a Newbery Honor book. The latter has never been out of print. Please see if you agree with me that the authors of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard and Florence Atwater, were robbed.
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  • Mariel
    January 1, 1970
    I made all my pets read this to try and make them understand that they need to support ME for a change. It's not a good book for getting the good life, unfortunately. It's cute enough, though. It was cute in a good way, not the "Wild hijinks ensue!" sitcomy problems way. I think birds cause an awful lot of problems. It was good that the book took that problem seriously. I also liked that Mr. Popper was obsessed and got into the spirit of his hobby. I love to know that kind of stuff about people. I made all my pets read this to try and make them understand that they need to support ME for a change. It's not a good book for getting the good life, unfortunately. It's cute enough, though. It was cute in a good way, not the "Wild hijinks ensue!" sitcomy problems way. I think birds cause an awful lot of problems. It was good that the book took that problem seriously. I also liked that Mr. Popper was obsessed and got into the spirit of his hobby. I love to know that kind of stuff about people. I've fallen "in love" with places like that all of the time.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I have been aware of this book's existence since I was a kid, but somehow I never got around to reading it. The past few months the kids and I have been on an "animal stories" kick for our bedtime reading, but of course we like funny animal books, not dead dogs and horses, so I turned to this. What a little gem! I honestly didn't know what this book was about, except for what you can glean from the title (there's a guy, named Mr. Popper, he has penguins). The story of how he gets the penguins, a I have been aware of this book's existence since I was a kid, but somehow I never got around to reading it. The past few months the kids and I have been on an "animal stories" kick for our bedtime reading, but of course we like funny animal books, not dead dogs and horses, so I turned to this. What a little gem! I honestly didn't know what this book was about, except for what you can glean from the title (there's a guy, named Mr. Popper, he has penguins). The story of how he gets the penguins, and what they do to take care of them, is delightful! What also brought it to my attention was that it is illustrated by my beloved Robert Lawson! So cute! And the short chapters are perfect for bedtime reading. We were actually able to read 2 chapters every night, in 15 about minutes.
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  • Manybooks
    January 1, 1970
    Now I never did read Richard and Florence Atwater's Newbery Honour winning novel Mr. Popper's Penguins as a child, and while I have in fact mildly enjoyed much if not most of it as a sweet and humour-full animal/people interaction tale, and can also understand why and how it is considered a classic and much beloved by many, as an older adult reading Mr. Popper's Penguins for the first time, the ending, with the penguins being sent to the Arctic just absolutely and totally rubs me the wrong way, Now I never did read Richard and Florence Atwater's Newbery Honour winning novel Mr. Popper's Penguins as a child, and while I have in fact mildly enjoyed much if not most of it as a sweet and humour-full animal/people interaction tale, and can also understand why and how it is considered a classic and much beloved by many, as an older adult reading Mr. Popper's Penguins for the first time, the ending, with the penguins being sent to the Arctic just absolutely and totally rubs me the wrong way, to the point that my emerging enjoyment of the rest of the novel (even with its datedness and issues of gender stratification) has sadly been completely rendered null and void. For let's face it, penguins are NOT Arctic but Antarctic animals and the idea of Mr. Popper's penguins being sent to the Arctic is basically a case of having an invasive animal species artificially transplanted into the Arctic, into a cold environs, yes, but still into an environment that for all intents and purposes is not the penguins' home and native land (and where they might very well and even likely negatively interfere with native Arctic bird species like dovekies, puffins, razorbills and the like). And while in 1938, the problems, the potential and serious consequences of invasive animal (and plant species) were of course not yet a commonly considered issue and as such a scenario to be avoided, I just have not been able to read Mr. Popper's Penguins without my late 20th and early 21st century eyes, without my ever increasing personal annoyance at the havoc invasive species have caused and are still causing to and for ecosystems around the world to be able to read and appreciate this novel and especially with its ending as simply a fun and engaging classic animal tale (because I just do NOT even remotely understand why Admiral Drake and by extension Mr. Popper could not have taken the Penguins to the Southern Hemisphere, to the Antarctic, the southern reaches of South America, to an area where penguins are meant to live, are endemic and native). And thus, albeit I do feel a bit guilty and apologise to readers who love and adore Mr. Popper's Penguins, only two stars for me, as the ending, as where the penguins end up being sent, really does make me continuously cringe on a biological and ecological level, the fun and humour, the gentle entertainment of the story quite majorly and wholly, utterly notwithstanding (and that Mrs. Popper is seemingly absolutely fine with her husband basically being gone for years is also a bit strange, but actually, while this does somewhat bother me, it does not chafe even remotely as much as the fact that the penguins are being sent to the North, to the Arctic).
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  • Shala Howell
    January 1, 1970
    My Four-Year-Old is just beginning to be interested in having chapter books read to her. But as she gets stressed out by conflict of any sort, it's kind of tough finding good candidates for her. This is a winner. For those of you who haven't read the book, the basic premise is that a house painter who spends his off-hours reading about (and writing to) explorers in the South Pole receives a penguin in the mail from one of those explorers. Since his work is over for the winter, he becomes very in My Four-Year-Old is just beginning to be interested in having chapter books read to her. But as she gets stressed out by conflict of any sort, it's kind of tough finding good candidates for her. This is a winner. For those of you who haven't read the book, the basic premise is that a house painter who spends his off-hours reading about (and writing to) explorers in the South Pole receives a penguin in the mail from one of those explorers. Since his work is over for the winter, he becomes very involved in the comfort and care of said penguin (and the eleven other penguins that quickly follow). In the end, he transforms his basement into an ice rink (an idea my daughter wholeheartedly supports, by the way), and spends more than his wife ever thought possible on fish and canned shrimp.I won't tell you how an out-of-work house painter manages to pay for all that (wouldn't want to spoil the ending), but I will say that the process is highly entertaining for all involved. I found myself looking forward to each night's installment of Mr. Popper nearly as much as The Four-Year-Old.Although I personally found the ending to be highly improbable, The Four-Year-Old saw nothing at all the matter with it--except for that little bit of unpleasantness with the policemen and firemen--and has spent many a happy evening reenacting the finale in the bathtub.And now, if you will excuse me, I need to go read Mr. Popper's Penguins to The Four-Year-Old again. I promised her I would as soon as I finished writing the review. (Excerpted from review posted on my blog: Caterpickles-Scientific & Linguistic Engagement with a 4-Year-Old Mind)
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I remember loving this in third grade when the school librarian read it aloud to our class. Decided to try it on the seven year-old, who likes animal stories, and was curious to see if I'd still like it at this late date. Yes, but not as much. This time around, I thought it got off to a slow start, and it struck me that it would be odd today for the main (human) character in a children's book to be an adult, although the rumpled, absent-minded, polar-fanatic house-painter Mr. Popper is hardly a I remember loving this in third grade when the school librarian read it aloud to our class. Decided to try it on the seven year-old, who likes animal stories, and was curious to see if I'd still like it at this late date. Yes, but not as much. This time around, I thought it got off to a slow start, and it struck me that it would be odd today for the main (human) character in a children's book to be an adult, although the rumpled, absent-minded, polar-fanatic house-painter Mr. Popper is hardly a typical grown-up. His children, Janie and Bill are rather shadowy undeveloped characters in the background -- I don't think we're even told how old they are. I enjoyed how Mrs. Popper, a deeply practical and house-proud woman, takes the disruptions the penguins bring into the Poppers' lives with calm aplomb -- it would have been all too easy for the author to make her entirely cross and full of complaints about penguins living in the ice-box, playing in snowdrifts in the living room, etc. The penguins themselves are charming. In the story, rather too many random people on the street express complete ignorance of the existence of such birds ("What are those, puffins?"). Surely in 1938 penguins were just as much a staple of zoos and pop-culture as they are now -- but judging by this book, maybe not.
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  • Mari Anne
    January 1, 1970
    There has apparently been a resurgance in interest in this 1938 childrens' book since I have been seeing it everywhere I go. Since I never read it growing up I thought I would give a read. The story while cute and age appropriate for 4-8 y/o seemed inadequate in some way... even for a kid's book. The ending totally turned me off of the book altogether (the father leaves for the Arctic for a year or two with barely a good-bye.) Maybe that was the whole problem I had with the book. The father was There has apparently been a resurgance in interest in this 1938 childrens' book since I have been seeing it everywhere I go. Since I never read it growing up I thought I would give a read. The story while cute and age appropriate for 4-8 y/o seemed inadequate in some way... even for a kid's book. The ending totally turned me off of the book altogether (the father leaves for the Arctic for a year or two with barely a good-bye.) Maybe that was the whole problem I had with the book. The father was so obsessed with the penguins that his family always came in second. This might seem cute and funny in a children's make believe story but in the real world when a parent spends their last dime on a hobby or obsession to the detriment of their family it just isn't so funny.
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  • Kressel Housman
    January 1, 1970
    My son the nature-lover, who is not as avid a reader as his brothers, is a die-hard fan of this book. His enthusiasm began in school when his teacher read the book to his class, and before she could finish, he persuaded me to bring it home to read at bedtime. It's the charming and often funny story of an ordinary house painter who dreams of Antarctica. When he receives a penguin as a surprise gift, the adventures begin! The book was written in the 30's, but it really transcends time. A fun follo My son the nature-lover, who is not as avid a reader as his brothers, is a die-hard fan of this book. His enthusiasm began in school when his teacher read the book to his class, and before she could finish, he persuaded me to bring it home to read at bedtime. It's the charming and often funny story of an ordinary house painter who dreams of Antarctica. When he receives a penguin as a surprise gift, the adventures begin! The book was written in the 30's, but it really transcends time. A fun follow-up to "March of the Penguins!"
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    Mr Popper is a DIRTBAG, and this book is ridiculous. I am sure it's because I'm too old to come to the book for the first time - my 4yo loved it until the end - but I couldn't get past the dumb dumbness of the whole situation.
  • Vderevlean
    January 1, 1970
    o poveste simpatică cu mulți pinguini curioși și o familie dispusă să le încurajeze năzbâtiile.
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't keep reading because I kept thinking that the penguins could never survive in such a hot climate and Discovery Channel realism was intruding on the lighthearted nature of the story.
  • Loretta
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book to read, which I valued for it's good old-fashioned lifestyle and language, and the imaginative and hilarious plot. It's one of those older books that are popular with kids for a reason, and adds a little fun to life.
  • The Library Lady
    January 1, 1970
    Mr Popper is a mild mannered house painter who loves to listen to radio programs about penguins. So when an Admiral sends him a REAL penguin, he is delighted to have it for a pet. Only "Captain Cook" gets lonely, and needs a mate, so the Admiral sends "Greta". Soon there are 12 penguins living in the Poppers basement. And times are tough and the Poppers don't have much money to feed those penguins. What to do?This is a warm, funny, old fashioned family story that makes a wonderful read aloud. Su Mr Popper is a mild mannered house painter who loves to listen to radio programs about penguins. So when an Admiral sends him a REAL penguin, he is delighted to have it for a pet. Only "Captain Cook" gets lonely, and needs a mate, so the Admiral sends "Greta". Soon there are 12 penguins living in the Poppers basement. And times are tough and the Poppers don't have much money to feed those penguins. What to do?This is a warm, funny, old fashioned family story that makes a wonderful read aloud. Sure to be loved by penguin lovers of all ages!
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  • Erik Graff
    January 1, 1970
    Review written in 2nd grade: This is a very good book of a man that got one penguin in a box. After that he got one more. Then the new penguin got babies. There were ten penguins after the babies came. In the end of the book he goes to the south pole. If you want to know all the funny (sic) that happens to the Popper family, read the book. You can get it [in] our library.
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  • Liv Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    I read this when I was eight or nine, and I remember really enjoying it. :)
  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    Finished this with my 8yr old last night. She seemed to really enjoy the book as we read it.We read this book as a part of her school's newest book reading adventure, One School, One Book and each day we had to read two chapters and then the next day, the kids would answer trivia questions to try and win prizes. It was a great way to get them to do more than just read the words, they had to comprehend what they were reading and hearing us read to them.As for the book, you can definitely tell thi Finished this with my 8yr old last night. She seemed to really enjoy the book as we read it.We read this book as a part of her school's newest book reading adventure, One School, One Book and each day we had to read two chapters and then the next day, the kids would answer trivia questions to try and win prizes. It was a great way to get them to do more than just read the words, they had to comprehend what they were reading and hearing us read to them.As for the book, you can definitely tell this was written many ages ago based on the dialect and the words used when the characters were speaking. That did take away a bit for my daughter to understand what they were saying when we had to stop and explain words or phrases.Overall, it was cute story and one I know that my daughter will remember in the coming years.
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  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe all the years I taught and I never read this book. I felt like I was missing out. The penguins adapted quite nicely to life in the big town. I'd recommend this book to an 8 or 9 year old. Great group read too. Then they can take a quiz
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  • Pricky
    January 1, 1970
    I read this as a child and really enjoyed it so I read it to my daughter. She really loved it and maybe I have to just remind myself that this is a book for the "younger folk."As an adult, when I read this, I just thought it was just Silly...silly, as in...this story doesn't make any sense at all and is just full of nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I love children's stories that have bits of fantasy to them: Ralph S. Mouse, Indian in the Cupboard, etc...It's just that, I found this to borderline th I read this as a child and really enjoyed it so I read it to my daughter. She really loved it and maybe I have to just remind myself that this is a book for the "younger folk."As an adult, when I read this, I just thought it was just Silly...silly, as in...this story doesn't make any sense at all and is just full of nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I love children's stories that have bits of fantasy to them: Ralph S. Mouse, Indian in the Cupboard, etc...It's just that, I found this to borderline the ridiculous.My questions:1. First off, why would an explorer send a penguin to a common citizen? If he really were a good explorer/scientist, he would know that penguins can't really survive very well in a warmer environment and would Mr. Popper have the means of taking care of it?2. And would someone really flood their house to make ice for their pet?3. And get paid $5000 a week? That's a lot for these days, let alone in the 1940s. Doesn't make sense.4. Okay, and Mrs. Popper is just "okay" with her husband being gone for 2 years...underlying marital issues there?Okay, so yes, I have issues with the story and yes, you might say that I'm being overly analytical about the whole thing. "It's just a funny imaginative story" you may say....But here's the thing: there is a way to make the imaginative into something that sounds real, like it could really really happen...and that's what makes a good storyteller.I don't really know why he got a Newbury unless there were no other books submitted during that time....
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    Briefly:1. Didn't like the dad leaving at the end with everyone happy or fine to see him go. The mom was just glad she didn't have to clean up after him. Heartless. 2. The references to money. Poor example of money management and debt acceptance. Absolutely not principles I am teaching my children. 3. Not a lot to like in mr popper. He was untidy. Lounged around all day in the winter. Wasn't worried about providing and deemed it his wife's problem to handle the money to feed the family. Just thr Briefly:1. Didn't like the dad leaving at the end with everyone happy or fine to see him go. The mom was just glad she didn't have to clean up after him. Heartless. 2. The references to money. Poor example of money management and debt acceptance. Absolutely not principles I am teaching my children. 3. Not a lot to like in mr popper. He was untidy. Lounged around all day in the winter. Wasn't worried about providing and deemed it his wife's problem to handle the money to feed the family. Just three quick reasons I didn't like it. Not any moral principles or behavior I want emulated. And the kids crying bc they didn't get ice cream. Oh my! Seriously??!.
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  • Adelina Gabriela
    January 1, 1970
    O carte care-i învaţă pe copii că-i ok când bărbatul îi zice femeii "plec sho în lume, vin peste un an sau doi", pentru că ea răspunde în genul "abia fac mai uşor curăţenie iarna fără un bărbat în casă". Chiar dacă mai are doi copii de crescut. Viaţa e frumoasă.
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  • Joey Oborne
    January 1, 1970
    The Popper family gets a penguin and then there penguin was sick so they needed to buy another penguin, to make him better. Both the penguins got babies and the Popper family of penguins started to grow. The poppers penguins started to get famous because they learned cool tricks and stuff. Finily the guy who sent the penguins wanted them to take them back for a movie.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this book with my daughter. 😎
  • Quân Khuê
    January 1, 1970
    Hẳn nhiều bạn nhỏ không mấy xa lạ với việc nuôi một con chó, con mèo, con chuột bạch hay thậm chí một con vẹt. Nhưng còn nuôi một con chim cánh cụt thì sao? Ai cũng biết, chim cánh cụt chỉ sống ở Nam Cực, một vùng đất quanh năm băng giá. Vậy nên, chuyện gì sẽ xảy ra nếu trong nhà bạn có không chỉ một con chim cánh cụt mà thậm chí cả một bầy cánh cụt? Bạn có biết làm thế nào để giữ lạnh cho chúng, cho chúng ăn những thức ăn gì, và nếu dẫn chúng đi dạo, thì bạn có cần phải buộc cổ chúng như khi dắ Hẳn nhiều bạn nhỏ không mấy xa lạ với việc nuôi một con chó, con mèo, con chuột bạch hay thậm chí một con vẹt. Nhưng còn nuôi một con chim cánh cụt thì sao? Ai cũng biết, chim cánh cụt chỉ sống ở Nam Cực, một vùng đất quanh năm băng giá. Vậy nên, chuyện gì sẽ xảy ra nếu trong nhà bạn có không chỉ một con chim cánh cụt mà thậm chí cả một bầy cánh cụt? Bạn có biết làm thế nào để giữ lạnh cho chúng, cho chúng ăn những thức ăn gì, và nếu dẫn chúng đi dạo, thì bạn có cần phải buộc cổ chúng như khi dắt một chú chó không? Bạn sẽ tìm được câu trả lời cho những thắc mắc trên trong cuốn Bầy cánh cụt nhà Popper của hai tác giả Richard và Florence Atwater, một tác phẩm kinh điển dành cho thiếu nhi nằm trong chương trình đọc sách cấp tiểu học của các bạn nhỏ Mỹ. Truyện này cũng đã được dựng thành phim với sự góp mặt của danh hài Jim Carey.Tràn ngập cuốn sách là những tình huống hài hước. Mọi việc bắt đầu từ khi chú Popper, một người thợ sơn nhà ở một thị trấn nhỏ nước Mỹ nhưng không ngừng mơ mộng đi thám hiểm hai địa cực nhận được một món quà đặc biệt. Đó là một chú chim cánh cụt được gửi qua đường bưu điện! Chú Popper ngay lập tức đặt tên cho chú chim này là Thuyền trưởng Cook - theo tên nhà thám hiểm lừng danh James Cook. Nếu tên tuổi của James Cook gắn liền với những chuyến hải hành lẫy lừng ngang dọc các đại dương, thì Thuyền trưởng Cook trong cuốn sách cũng tạo dựng nhiều “chiến công” không kém phần hiển hách. Chiến công đầu tiên của nó là xơi trọn con cá vàng trong bể cá cảnh. Chiến công thứ hai là làm cho anh thợ bảo trì tủ lạnh hốt hoảng chạy bán sống bán chết đến nỗi viên cảnh sát tưởng có sư tử xổng chuồng. Chiến công thứ ba là làm một cụ già nhảy bổ khỏi ghế trong tiệm cắt tóc và tháo chạy ra đường! Tuy nhiên, “chiến công” hoành tráng nhất của Thuyền trưởng Cook hẳn là, cùng với cô chim cánh cụt Greta, đẻ ra mười chú cánh cụt con. Nếu cuộc sống nhà Popper đã đảo lộn từ khi có Thuyền trưởng Cook, thì khi có thêm mười một chú cánh cụt nữa, ta có thể hình dung mọi sự trở nên càng rối reng đến chừng nào.Với trí tưởng tượng tuyệt vời và phong cách dí dỏm, các tác giả đã sáng tạo ra thật nhiều tình huống hài hước, khiến cuốn sách đã hấp dẫn còn thêm thú vị. Tuy nhiên, ngoài việc kể lại một câu chuyện ngộ nghĩnh, hẳn hai tác giả Richard và Florence Atwater còn muốn nhắn với các bạn nhỏ rằng, hãy ước mơ và sống với ước mơ của mình, rất có thể một ngày ước mơ đó sẽ trở thành hiện thực. Như chú thợ sơn Popper trong truyện.
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  • R.a.
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsLexile Level: 910L.Like Winnie the Pooh, Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins has some element within it that spurred this youngster to read the story again and again.And again.Unlike many children’s stories, Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ protagonist, Mr. Popper, (Mr. “Pauper”), has a precarious economic status that figures prominently alongside the serio-comic plot. An interior craftsman, (painting, wallpapering, and cabinet-making), Mr. Popper seems a “common man” within the Gr 5 starsLexile Level: 910L.Like Winnie the Pooh, Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins has some element within it that spurred this youngster to read the story again and again.And again.Unlike many children’s stories, Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ protagonist, Mr. Popper, (Mr. “Pauper”), has a precarious economic status that figures prominently alongside the serio-comic plot. An interior craftsman, (painting, wallpapering, and cabinet-making), Mr. Popper seems a “common man” within the Great Depression era.With a wife and two children, he struggles financially. Hence, self-denial and accommodation become usual practices. And, like many Depression-era households, his is only slightly away from ruin.Yet, his family, instead of being dismaying and discouraging, support him. With the various penguin antics, the understated, familial relationships are revealed. And, the reader gleans a strong marriage / partnership as well as weighted and balanced individual dispositions.Although comic situations arise, the authors hold back and allow a certain realism, (the real behavior of penguins versus personified behavior), to support the narrative. Hence, each obstacle is “righted” before the next begins ensuring that the attractive, interesting penguins fail to upstage and undermine the text's more serious side.Also, the penguins’ antics have consequences—both positive and negative which the Atwaters explore.A moral climactic question lies at the heart of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. And, despite 80 years since its publication, that same moral question involving “self” and “other” still is with us.Finally, the authors reveal a wise truth about children: they look to adults for guidance and example. The author’s protagonist, Mr. Popper, consequently evokes a question: “Despite individual hardship, marriage, and parent responsibilities, can an adult still dream?With this delightful children’s classic, the authors say, “Yes. Yes, they still can.”Wonderful.
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  • Tricia Douglas
    January 1, 1970
    Finally got the chance to read Mr. Popper's Penguins! I enjoyed the story and found the characters humorous and unique for this time period. I even learned a couple of things. When the newspaper published the photo of Popper it was printed "in rotogravure." I had to look this up and found that this kind of printing method uses a cylindrical plate instead of a flat plate. It was relatively new printing method since the early 1900s. Then an idiom puzzled me. Mrs. Popper didn't want to leave to go Finally got the chance to read Mr. Popper's Penguins! I enjoyed the story and found the characters humorous and unique for this time period. I even learned a couple of things. When the newspaper published the photo of Popper it was printed "in rotogravure." I had to look this up and found that this kind of printing method uses a cylindrical plate instead of a flat plate. It was relatively new printing method since the early 1900s. Then an idiom puzzled me. Mrs. Popper didn't want to leave to go on the road with the penguins and leave things in the house "at sixes and sevens" while they were away. I had never heard this phrase and had to look that up. It just means "chaos, or messy" and must have been more frequently used back in the 1930s. What bothered me the most was when Mr. Popper went to the North Pole to scientifically advance a new race of penguins and allow the men to "play" with his well-trained birds. I know this is a fantasy story and back in 1938 a fun book for children might have helped young readers in learning about penguins, but today we are so into environmental issues, it was hard for me to get past the idea of "using" the penguins. Polar bears beware! Otherwise I liked the book and will try to find the movies to compare it to.
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  • ☽☆Jean☠BookRampage☆☾
    January 1, 1970
    Started this book with my son. It's cute and we both really enjoyed it. Not one of my favorite children's books but it's a good book to read with your child or alone if you want.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very cute book, right up to the end. I loved that Mr. Popper ultimately tried to do what was best for the penguins, but it annoyed me somewhat that he left his family. I would have enjoyed the ending more if they had been able to choose whether or not to go, or at the very least, he had been able to discuss it with Mrs. Popper. I get that it's a children's book, but the idea of them discussing everything up to that point regarding the penguins, then having him decide in the split seco This was a very cute book, right up to the end. I loved that Mr. Popper ultimately tried to do what was best for the penguins, but it annoyed me somewhat that he left his family. I would have enjoyed the ending more if they had been able to choose whether or not to go, or at the very least, he had been able to discuss it with Mrs. Popper. I get that it's a children's book, but the idea of them discussing everything up to that point regarding the penguins, then having him decide in the split second between learning that Admiral Drake intended for him to go and actually setting sail seemed completely counter to how their relationship worked. I'm probably putting a lot more thought into the story than kids would, but little details like that make or break good books, and in this case, what otherwise would be a 5-star classic is, instead, somewhat wanting.
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