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Tacky the Penguin Paperback – 17 Aug 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Reprint edition (17 Aug. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395562333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395562338
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 0.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,042,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About 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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Format: Paperback
My 4 year old son is an avid book reader (I should say listener), but this book is by far his favourite. He loves the things Tacky gets up too and has learnt Tacky's song, which he sings to us multiple times a day. The story caught his immagination but also has a good moral lesson as well. I highly recommend it but be warned, if you want children as quiet as mice, this book is not for you.
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Format: Paperback
we have read the book so many times we can quote it. It has everything you could want from a children's book, warmth, humour and a quirky hero. Tacky is bound to be a hit with children of all ages and abilities
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This is one of the seven Tacky books I have bought to read out to my grandchildren. They all love them, from the 3 year old upwards, even the sophisticated 8 year old now on Harry Potter likes to hear it again. The books can all be read quietly, but if like me you prefer to ham it up a bit with a distinctive voice for the splendidly inattentive/inept Tacky, it's huge fun. He gets into endless bother but muddles through, and even the youngest child will gather that an odd bird can be a very nice one to have around - and should be treated kindly and valued by everyone just because he is an individual like the rest of us. Wonderul illustrations, lots of laughs.
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My 2.5 year old loves the Tacky books. This one is a little bit more advanced and longer the the first Tacky book but little one still loves it. I think he likes the fact Tacky is a bit of an oddball compared to the other more serious penguins and is a little naughty - something he can relate to!! This series of book are a great find.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db4fb64) out of 5 stars Even oddballs can be most useful! 23 Aug. 2005
By George W. Endress - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tacky the Penguin was an odd bird; not at all behaving like his companions (you know, orderly). Oh well! Let's face it! He was just plain tacky! He did have one saving asset--he could "think outside the box!" Although author Helen Lester doesn't ever resort to the killer of young children's stories--PREACHING!--she makes her points so gracefully that the book is a perfect opener to the lesson of TOLERANCE. Like many good children's stories, this one certainly invites a grownup to get into a gentle discussion about other children that seem a bit different. That differences (per se) are not bad, but rather makes our world interesting, and sometimes can actually save lives. We are, after all, an interdependent society. Definitely not an empty-headed action story! For my six year old grand-daughter, it provoked an entire stream of anecdotes about classmates and playmates and her odd little brother.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tacky is the cutest children's book I have read! I'm 15 and I still read it! It is very funny and gives children a good message about being yourself. All kids should read it!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe2c948) out of 5 stars A wonderful book for all ages! 20 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Our 2 1/2 year old daughter loves to have her daddy read her this book over and over again. Although she can't read, she knows the book so well that she is able to tell us the story just by looking at each page. Tacky teaches us that it is OK to be an "odd bird" because that's what makes us all so unique. So, march and sing off key and enjoy yourself!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc7ed38) out of 5 stars Embracing Differences in a Gentle, Humorous Way 31 July 2004
By R. Reagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Both of my children (aged 4 and 5 1/2) have enjoyed all of the Tacky books, but this first book is probably the best of the series. Tacky is an unorthodox penguin who seems to either be unaware of how different he is or unconcerned with the fact beginning with his wild Hawaiian shirt attire in contrast to the buttoned up tuxedo look of his penguin peers. While other penguins in the book conform to appropriate penguin (or human) behavior with names like "Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly" and "Perfect," Tacky marches to the beat of a different, syncopatic drummer. Both of our kids readily identified with his differences and quickly learned to mimic some of his mannerisms such as hearty slaps on the back while hollering, "What's happening?!" and singing "How many toes does a fish have?" at the top of their lungs. Whether marching, swimming, or singing, Tacky is definitely different. This book is an endearing mix of wonderful messages (it's ok to be yourself, sometimes our fears are worse than the reality, and creative problem solving are a few that come to mind) that are all delivered in a humorous, silly story that my kids love and I can read over and over again without getting bored.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe3c6d8) out of 5 stars POOR QUALITY RECORDING -- wonderful story! 26 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
VERY POOR quality RECORDING. VOLUME VARIES TOO MUCH, resulting in flinching when it increases suddenly, and straining when the reader's voice gets too soft; both happen frequently making listening pretty frustrating. Please don't try to listen to this one while driving in the car.
NARRATION begins immediately after the PAGE TURN SIGNAL sounds, making it very frustrating to try to follow along using that side of the cassette. It's challening enought for adults to turn the pages fast enough on this recording. It would be next to impossible for a child of almost any age to do so.
A re-issue would be much appreciated as the STORY IS WONDERFUL AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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