5.29.2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins

 I suppose summer is a perfect time for reading Richard & Florence Atwater's 1938 story, Mr. Popper's Penguins, since the gaggle of cold-weather creatures in this book are being raised by an absentminded house painter in middle-America.

Read the first few pages of this 1939 Newbery Honor book courtesy of publisher Little Brown





The book's happy story is accentuated by Robert Lawson's charming and detailed black and white illustrations.  Lawson's illustrations in They Were Strong and Good; earned the 1940 Caldecott.
Lawson, Mr. Popper's Penguins
Don't be afraid to bring some penguin fun into your warm climate as well!  Hurry and read the Atwaters' original tale before you go see the very modern Jim Carrey movie version.
Popper's Penguins trailer
 (Or see the movie and then read the classic book).  Either way, similarities and differences between the novel and the film will be easy to spot, making this story a perfect theme for a compare and contrast activity.

Visit Children's Book-a-Day Almanac to find out more about Mr. Popper's Penguins and the Atwaters.

Bunches of comprehension activities for Mr. Popper's Penguins are available at Homeschool Share.  The dozens of printable penguin activities can be used individually or in a lapbook format.
 See photos of these printables all put together and in use at the homeschooling blog, Walking by the Way.

You can find this Mr. Popper's Penguins vocabulary list and several more vocabulary printables at Classroom Jr.

Refuel from all the hard work with this adorable pear penguin snack from Kiwi Magazine's "Play With Your Food" article.

Then find more penguin fun ideas here.

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