Tacky, the Penguin

Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (1990), Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books

Tacky is an odd bird. He is a nonconformist who does not fit in with his sleek and gracious companions. He does not do what the other penguins do. That soon becomes an advantage when the hunters become confused and convince themselves they are not in the land of the “pretty penguins.” Through humor, the reader understands that Tacky is not afraid to be different and learns the value of being true to yourself.

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What adjectives would you use to describe Tacky?

In what ways are you unique and how is that uniqueness helpful?

How did the penguins feel about Tacky at the beginning of the story?

How did the penguins feel about Tacky at the end of the story?

Can you develop a report card for Tacky and grade him?