Everything you need to understand or teach Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater.
Mr. Popper's Penguins is the story of a house painter named Mr. Popper who is gifted a penguin from a South Pole explorer. One penguin turns into twelve penguins, and Mr. Popper puts on a stage show with the penguins to help pay for their upkeep.
Mr. Popper is a dreamer who loves tales of adventure, particularly about the Poles. He writes a letter of praise to Admiral Drake, a famous explorer of the Poles, and Drake sends Mr. Popper a penguin in the mail. Mr. Popper names him Captain Cook after another explorer. Mr. Popper next gets a grumpy service man to drill air holes in the family icebox so that Captain Cook has a cold place to nest. Captain Cook is very inquisitive, and he sticks his nose into all corners of the house.
Despite his cold icebox nest, Captain Cook becomes mopey and despondent, falling...
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