Obviously, I am taking this too seriously, but I found the financial ineptitude of Mr Popper most distressing. The Poppers Unexpectedly Come Into Possession Of A Penguin, Then Get A Penguin From The Zoo Who Mates With The First Penguin To Have 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 Why have I shelved this as Hallowe en read Page 7, paragraph 4, second sentenceI have papered all the rooms in the new apartment building on Elm Street So, I had no problem cracking this open except, except, exceptthe 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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. Read this to the boys, and it s such a fun, silly story that brings back memories of my childhood I think I love this book so much because I loved it as a kid The ending is a little weird in that he leaves his family to go live with the penguins for awhile.
Richard Tupper Atwater 1892 1948 was a Chicago journalist He wrote for a number of newspapers including the Chicago Evening Post, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and the Herald Examiner He contributed to the literary and arts magazine The Chicagoan He also taught Greek at the University of Chicago In 1932, after watching a documentary about Richard E Byrd s Antarctic expedition
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- Mr. Popper's Penguins
- Richard Atwater
- 06 August 2018 Richard Atwater