Penguins in Books

For hundreds of years, books have given people moments of entertainment and learning. For enthusiasts of penguins, there are several options in which these birds play a significant role in stories, both fiction, and reality. At present, there are informative books to know their characteristics, narratives about real encounters with them, stories, fables, and novels created to entertain or amuse.

Here, some examples of penguins in the literature.

The Island of the Penguins, 1908 (L’Île des Pingouins).
Anatole France.
It is a satirical novel, a parody of the history of humanity in which the author exposes his political ideas and his criticisms towards civilization. It is not an easy-to-read story, but many adults can enjoy it.

At the beginning of the book, a Christian missionary monk arrives at the Arctic and baptizes all the razorbills, birds similar to the typical penguins we know today, which causes a problem with God since only humans can receive this sacrament. While not exactly a story about penguins, it is well worth a review.

The Pondus Penguin, 1966.
Ivar Myrhøj.
It is a Danish book for children whose main character is a penguin named Pondus, of course, who always wears a red handkerchief. In total, there are four books about this famous character in Denmark, but very little known in America.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 1938.
Richard and Florence Atwater.
The argument is the story of a broke painter, Mr. Popper, who unexpectedly receives an Antarctic penguin as a present, but he does not know what to do with it. When seeking help to maintain and improve its health, he receives a female penguin that keeps his penguin company, but the situation is out of control when the female lays ten eggs and more penguins are born! What can Mr. Popper do?

This children’s book is a good option for a fun time.

And Tango makes three, 2005
Peter Parnell, and Justin Richardson.
Although it is a book for children, it was vetoed in many schools and by many parents, because it tells the story of two male penguins who preferred to “adopt” an egg instead of mating with females. However, this event was real, as it happened at the Central Park Zoo.

The Tacky Penguin, 1990.
Lynn Munsinger and Helen Lester.
It is a text for preschool children. Presents Tacky, a small eccentric penguin and very different from the other animals that surround him. Charming.

Pete the Penguin, 1996.
Marcus Pfister.
Another little penguin that lives many adventures in Antarctica. He likes to have fun, but as he is youngest in the family, he does not know how to swim, so he tries learning to fly with the help of his bird friends.

Leanders Mutprobe, 2001.
Hortense Ullrich.
Lorenzo is a penguin who lives in the South Pole and wants to join a gang of seagulls, for which he has to perform some dangerous tests. However, in the process, he will find more valuable things.

This children’s book is written in a pleasant and straightforward way so that young readers can enjoy it and learn.

Agustina is moving to the North Pole, 2007.
Mélanie Watt.
The main character of this title is a female penguin who has to move to the North Pole, a place where she feels lonely. Can she adapt?

Sexual Behavior in Penguins, 1951.
Lancelot Richdale.
This list could not miss this book which presents the study made by an amateur ornithologist, who devoted much of his life to the research of penguins and other birds. Following its publication, Sexual Behavior in Penguins became a widely used textbook to learn about these birds; which earned credit in the scientific field.

Many of these books are intended for a children’s audience, but surely they are enjoyable by people of any age. Let’s read!




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