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I love Mr. Popper's Penguins. I think it is a great book for critical thinking, vocabulary, and just a fun book to read. Each year, I have my students research where Stillwater might be (looking up different cities named Stillwater around the country using maps and the internet)...the answer, by the way, is Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey (a township not a full city), and Minnesota. It is so fun to watch them put the text clues together with their research to determine which city might fit the story. The rich vocabulary is also AMAZING! I use it to teach context clues... and to help my students infer when the book was written. Icebox, anyone? It really is one of my favorites...so much so that I refuse to watch the new movie that came out because I heard it was such a departure from the text. (However, I did create a Venn Diagram to compare the two)...which I will put up as a freebie here once I am back on my home computer. Well, after reading this book EVERY YEAR, I have finally put the time in to create a series of trifolds for the text. I have posted it to TpT, and you can get it by clicking here. Become a follower of The Third Wheel's Facebook page to find out about today's secret sale.