TACKY THE PENGUIN
Written by Helen Lester & Illustrated by Lynn MunsingerPublisher: Sandpiper
Ages: 4 and up
Lately my girls have been intrigued with penguins. We have a more serious book about penguins so it was about time to get a humorous one.
Tacky's home was a nice icy land that he shared with his companions.
Of course his companions names were Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly and Perfect. They were perfect little gentlemanly penguins wearing little bow ties.
Tacky wore a colourful Hawaiian shirt. He was an odd bird.
The little penguin cliché greeted each other everyday politely and quietly.
Tacky greeted them with a slap on the back and a loud "What's happening?"
The conformists marched properly . . . 1-2-3-4 but Tacky marched 1-2-3, 4-2, 3-6-0, 2 1/2, 0.
The group dove into the water gracefully but Tacky did a cannonball.
The group sang pretty songs but Tacky sang loud strange songs and played the accordion.
One day the penguins heard the thump...thump...thump of feet in the distance.
This could mean only one thing.
Hunters had come.
The hunters were looking for pretty penguins to capture and sell to get rich.
Tacky stood brave face to face with the hunters while his companions hid behind an iceberg.
He slapped the hunters on the backs and asked them "What's happening?"
He showed them his quirky march and splashed them with his cannonball.
When he started his loud dreadful songs, his companions joined in. The hunters covered their ears and ran away.
Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect hugged Tacky. Tacky was an odd bird but a very nice bird to have around.
This is a good story to explain that it is okay to be different.