Mr Popper's Penguins Author:Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater A Newbery Award Book. — The 1938 classic tells the story of Mr. Popper, the small-town housepainter who dreamed of exploring Antarctic regions, and Captain Cook, the redoubtable penguin who turned Mr. Popper's world upside down. — Mr. Popper painted and papered houses in the pretty little city of Stillwater. To look at him with his... more » vacant expression and paint-spattered clothes and hair, one would never imagine that he would one day be the most famous person in Stillwater.
Once the house-painting season is over, Mr. Popper settles in for the winter to read his travel books. He dreams of going to Antarctica one day -- in fact, he never tires of reading about the South Pole. But one day the South Pole comes to him, in the form of a penguin in a package sent from the Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake. The penguin, dubbed Captain Cook after the "gook" sound he makes, lives with the Popper family, puts a strain on their modest means, and creates quite a stir in little Stillwater. Mr. Popper and his penguin are photographed together during a stroll around town, and this sparks the interest of the national press.
Soon, Captain Cook has a companion. A penguin named Greta arrives by mail, and to keep them happy, Mr. Popper has a large freezing plant installed in his cellar, where Greta begins laying eggs, and two penguins turn into eight. What will Popper do with all these penguins? Well, teach them to perform, of course! And before long, they're a traveling act: the Popper Performing Penguins.« less
This is a delightful story of Mr. Popper who has enough trouble supporting his own family and then suddenly finds himself with the additional burden of twelve penguins to feed.This book is quite hilarious and extremely funny to read for any child.
A Newbery Award Book - This book is about a man, Mr. Popper, who is having a hard time supporting his family. He then receives penguins as a gift and finds it even harder to support his family until he decides to have the talented penguins perform on stage.