Sunday, January 8, 2012
Mr. Popper's Penguins
We just finished listening to Mr. Popper's Penguins written by Richard and Florence Atwater. My children were excited to read the book after their grandmother told them how the book had been one of her favorites as a child. The story was originally published in 1938 and is a fun read. Mr. Popper is a painter in the small town of Stillwater but has always wanted to travel the world - specifically to the two poles. Mr. Popper writes a letter to Admiral Drake, an explorer of the North Pole, who in turn unexpectedly sends him a penguin. The Poppers name the penguin Captain Cook and the adventures begin. Handles are put on the inside of refrigerators, ice skating rinks put into basements, Captain Cook finds some penguin friends, and the Popper's have to find a way to support their new penguins.
My six and four year old loved this book! They were so engaged by the story that we had to bring the cd's in from the car and finish it in the house because there just wasn't enough driving for them to get their fill. We rented the new movie starring Jim Carrey this weekend and thought it was a fun movie - albeit very different from the book. When I asked my kids which they preferred - the book or the movie - they both said the book. Hooray!