Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Originally published in 1938, this book has remained on the library shelves for a good reason. This story is unique. Mr. Popper is a painter and wallpaper man by trade. During the winter season he has no work and his family has to live on meager savings.
Mr. Popper has a strong passion for the south pole. He has always desired to go there; he’s read every book about it in the library and he’s even followed the explorer Admiral Drake on his live radio show direct from the Antarctic. Mr. Popper receives a message from Admiral Drake telling him a surprise is on the way. Can you imagine? The surprise happens to be a penguin. In this story you follow all the crazy antics of not one penguin but twelve, and learn how Mr. Popper finds a way to make some money for his family during the winter season after all.
I will admit the ending is odd. We looked at each other and my husband said “That wouldn’t happen around here .“ I wonder what others have thought about the ending.