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Book Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (ebook) by Richard and Florence Atwater

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Classic children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins is now available as an ebook from Open Road Media. The book by Richard and Florence Atwater, which was originally published in 1938, has translated well to the ebook format, with all the original illustrations intact. The format was easy to read, and enjoyable for my seven-year old. It was also fun for me to reconnect with a classic from my childhood.

A Newbery Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins tells the story of Mr Popper, a kindly house painter whose favorite pastime is reading about the Antarctic and its wildlife, especially penguins. After writing to a famous explorer, one day Mr. Popper finds himself the recipient of a wonderful gift — a live penguin — sent to him from his pen pal explorer, Admiral Drake. Mr. Popper’s household, his wife and his two children, are delighted with their new “pet.” But penguins aren’t as easy to take care of as dogs, and soon the family are living in very cold conditions and wondering how to keep their penguin, dubbed Captain Cook, happy and suitably well fed with shrimp. And shrimp are expensive.

The Poppers’ adventures with a penguin have just begun, as Captain Cook becomes lonely and another penguin joins their family. And when you have two … very soon there are multiple penguins living in their little home in Stillwater.

The ebook features a biography of Atwaters — Richard, who had the original idea for a story about penguins, suffered a stroke in 1934 and Florence had to finish the book — as well as photos of the Atwaters and their family.

Kids will enjoy reading how Mr. Popper and his family deal with their entertaining and unpredictable penguins and how the penguins deal with them and everyone they meet. Mr. Popper’s Penguins is still a wonderful book to read, and translates well to the ebook format.

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  • kieara jacobs

    i read that book befroe