Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
From late spring through early fall, Mr. Popper paints houses. The rest of the year he sits at home, continually getting in Mrs. Popper’s way. All year round, however, Mr. Popper loves to read books and watch movies about the exploration of the North and South Poles.
After sending a letter to famous explorer Admiral Drake, Mr. Popper receives a surprise present – a penguin straight from the South Pole! In order to keep their new pet, named Captain Cook, from wilting away in loneliness, the family soon acquires a second penguin. When eggs are laid and subsequently hatched, two penguins soon become twelve. Feeding the flock increases the Popper family’s bills much beyond their means, something soon resolved by training the birds to perform as Popper's Performing Penguins. Soon the family – both human and birds – are traveling the country and entertaining thousands…but not without many humorous mishaps along the way!
The penguin’s antics are very enjoyable. I loved listening to the reactions of others upon seeing the penguins for the first time.
Newbery Honor Award in 1939