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Tacky the Penguin

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Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

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Overview


Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

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Editorial Reviews

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Tacky the penguin defines the word tacky-he dresses in Hawaiian shirts, greets friends with a slap on the back, and sings dreadfully! All the other penguins are put off by Tacky's behavior, but when some rough hunters come by, Tacky's manners send them packing too! Tacky may be odd, but he sure is a good penguin to have around!
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"Droll facial expressions, which still retain their animal quality, add more humor to a perceptive text about being different." Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
None of the penguins can tolerate Tacky's loud habits--until they scare off a pack of hunters. PW declared that ``this book is must reading for any kid--or grown-up--who refuses to follow the pack.'' Ages 4-8. Sept.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The winner of the California Young Reader medal. Tacky has child-appeal. It is in that class of books that are loved by children despite the literary opinion of parents and critics. 1990 (orig.
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Tacky the penguin really stuck out from his friends. All six of them lived in an icy land up north. Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect were very polite to each other. They marched in perfect step with each other. Tacky was very loud and wore a flowered shirt. His friends all wore white collars and bow ties. While his friends were graceful divers, Tacky would do cannon balls and splash lots of water. Tacky was an odd bird. One day, hunters came to their home to capture penguins to sell. Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly and Perfect ran away, very frightened. Tacky was not afraid of the hunters when they approached him. When they explained that they were looking for penguins to sell, Tacky proceed to march his march, sing his song and dive his cannonball. When he finally sang his penguin song, which was particularly loud and dreadful, the hunters ran off. When the hunters were gone, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect came running out from their hiding place to hug Tacky. This book comes in a package with an audio CD that includes two tracks of the story, one with page-turn signals and the other without.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Tacky the Penguin is a total nonconformist who lives with a group of formal, proper penguins. But it is Tacky who foils the plans of three critters with ``get-rich-quick plans'' that threaten the penguins' existence. With his un-penguin-like antics, Tacky puzzles the hunters to such an extent that they're firmly convinced they cannot be in the ``land of the pretty penguins.'' This is a rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are ad vantages to being an individual. Mun singer cheerfully captures the mood of the tale with her whimsical, full-color illustrations that are particularly strong in depicting the hunters' deter mined, then befuddled, expressions and Tacky's madcap antics. This is sure to elicit lots of chuckles from young readers. Bonnie Wheatley, Emma Conn Elementary School, Ra leigh, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395562338
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Series: Tacky the Penguin Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 28,113
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Good

    Good

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Perky Penguin Teaches and Delights

    If ever there is a story to illustrate that being yourself is just perfect, it is this delightful tale of Tacky the Penguin. This is a book that needs to be a staple in any home library for children. For days when kids may feel out of sync with the world, Tacky will help them find themselves instep with...well, themselves and that is just fine for the very thing that we may feel awkward about is the very quality that endearing...or in Tacky's case, saves the day!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    good :o)

    i read this first in 3rd grade, and it was the first book that showed me that individuality is good. i still love this book today :o)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Good book by hugh butes

    The most
    Awesome non-
    Chicken
    King (hes a penguin)
    Yeah!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    good book

    great book :.)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    love it!

    i loved this book growing up and i read my copy i still have to my son. he loves tacky!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    FUNNY!

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    love!!!

    I had this book when I was little and it was always one of my favorites. definitely want to have a copy of it for my son when he is old enough to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    love this book!

    i enjoyed this book as a child, and now my children love tacky! tacky the penguin rocks, and individuality rules! tacky the penguin is my hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2010

    celebrate individuality

    an awesome book for kids but fun to read as an adult as well, tacky shows us why its ok to be different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    A True Individual

    This is one of my favorite children's books - all about those who march to their own beat and how sometimes they are the one to save the day.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Tacky Lives On

    Prior to a visit to our school by author Helen Lester, I was in need of more copies of the beloved "Tacky the Penguin." I was delighted to find copies easily, and even more delighted to learn that Helen Lester has written another Tacky adventure, due out in the Fall. Our kindergartners and first graders can hardly wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    tacky the penguin books had always been interesting 2 me. always loved em. i remember when my 1st grade teacher always read these 4 read a loud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Awesome book

    This book was funny. An odd bird saved the day! The hunters were not so tough and Tacky was the hero. Our class loved this book. If you are looking for a funny story, this is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    My Favorite Children's Book Ever...

    This is my favorite Childrens book. Tacky is a character that teaches even us grown up a lesson: even the craziest looking individual has a whole lot to offer. I highly recommend this book to everyone:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Great Lesson/Great Laughs

    This is a wonderful, clever and sweet story about a goofy penguin that saves the day. Important to read with lots of imagination and creativity which will surely bring on lots of laughs from your child!

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