The following comment was posted by notablogger in response to my desire to read all the Newbery books: “My favorite Newbery . . . is definitely, without a doubt Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I want a basement just so I can freeze it and invite penguins!” So that piked my curiosity and I couldn’t help myself and decided I needed to read this book.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater was a really cute book. Mr. Popper, a house painter, has never left his little town of Stillwater, but every night settles down and travels the world of the arctics through books. He mentions to his wife, Mrs. Popper wouldn’t it be fun to have a penguin as a pet, and lo and behold, the next morning a crate arrives from Antarctica containing none other, you guessed it, a penguin! He soon acquires another and soon he as 14 penguins who have taken over the household and the hearts of the Popper family.
Written in 1938 this book takes us back in time when parents called each other by Mr. and Mrs. and you always got dressed up in your finest to go out for a walk. Children reading this book today would probably wonder what the big deal was over a penguin since all children now could tell you what a penguin is. I was amused with Mrs. Potter’s good humor and nature and that she didn’t mind a bit when Mr. Potter exclaims, “Mamma, do you mind if I don’t come home for a year or two?”
It was fun to revisit a writing style that you don’t see anymore. It reminded me of my own childhood reading adventures. Pure fun and innocence. Overall, I enjoyed this fun little story.