I have a good family friend who homeschools her children. I asked for her advice on classroom materials to develop for Classroom Jr., and she immediately said that there is an ongoing need for worksheets and activities based on classic children’s literature. Not only was Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the top of her list, but it’s also been made into a movie with Jim Carrey!
The 1938 classic book tells the story of Mr. Popper, the small-town housepainter who dreams of exploring Antarctic regions, and Captain Cook, the penguin who turns Mr. Popper’s world upside down. Soon there is a Mrs. Penguin, and pretty soon a whole waddle of baby penguins is eating the Popper family out of house and home. As you can imagine, a family of 12 penguins living with a human family ensures a lot more “interesting” adventures are to be had. The book was awarded with a Newbery Honor in 1939 and is appropriate for readers age 9-12.