One of the favorite novel units that I did during the year was Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater!
Mr. Popper spends most the year painting or papering walls for the people of Stillwater. He gets to take a break during the winter and explore his real passion, the Antarctic–at least in books! Mr. Popper resigns himself to this quiet life until one day a mysterious package arrives from his favorite Antarctic explorer, Admiral Drake! Pretty soon the Poppers have a house full of penguins, an ice rink in the basement, and an ever-increasing bill for raw fish and canned shrimp. Mr. Popper comes up with a creative and hilarious way to pay the bills! The book is chock full of hilarious situations that make kids laugh and their imaginations soar!
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a fun read and I highly recommend it for classroom or home use!
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