Mr. Popper's Penguins
Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
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A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. "Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story."--The Horn Book. Newbery Honor Book.
keep them from getting nervous, while Mrs. Popper and the children should ride in one of the Pullmans. Because of getting on at the observation end of the train, Mr. Popper had to take the birds through the whole length of the train. It was easy enough to get them through the club car, even with the pail of fish to carry. In the sleeping cars, however, where the porter was already making up some of the berths, there was trouble. The porters’ ladders offered too much temptation to the penguins.
persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. copyright © 1938 by Richard and Florence Atwater copyright © renewed by Florence Atwater, Doris Atwater, and Carroll Atwater Bishop cover design by Georgia Morrissey 978-1-4532-1960-7 This edition published in 2011 by Open Road Integrated Media 180 Varick Street New York, NY 10014 www.openroadmedia.com
from one side to the other, as first with one eye and then with the other, it examined Mr. Popper. Mr. Popper had read that penguins are extremely curious, and he soon found that this was true, for stepping out, the visitor began to inspect the house. Down the hall it went and into the bedrooms, with its strange, pompous little strut. When it, or he — Mr. Popper had already begun to think of it as he — got to the bathroom, it looked around with a pleased expression on its face. “Perhaps,”
with this unsympathetic service man, who was already staring at Mr. Popper as if he thought Mr. Popper was not quite right in his head. “Come on, do what I said,” said Mr. Popper. “I’m paying you for it.” “With what?” asked the service man. Mr. Popper gave him a five-dollar bill. It made him a little sad to think how many beans it would have bought for Mrs. Popper and the children. The service man examined the bill carefully as if he didn’t trust Mr. Popper too much. But at last he put it in
noises, of course, brought the children running. Mr. Popper showed them how the refrigerator was now all remodeled for the penguin. He showed Captain Cook, too, by shutting him inside it. The penguin at once noticed the shiny new inside handle and bit it with his usual curiosity. The door opened, and Captain Cook jumped out. Mr. Popper promptly put Captain Cook back inside and shut the door again, to be sure that the penguin learned his lesson. Before long, Captain Cook became quite skillful at