Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester; Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

There once lived a penguin.

His home was a nice icy land he shared

with his companions.

His companions were named

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect.

His name was Tacky.

Tacky was an odd bird.

...

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect always marched

1-2-3-4,

1-2-3-4,

Tacky always marched

1-2-3,

4-2,

3-6-0,

2 ½,

0.

 


 


 












One day the penguins heard the thump … thump … thump

of feet in the distance.

This could mean only one thing.

Hunters had come.

...

“We’re gonna catch some pretty penguins,

And we’ll march ‘em with a switch,

And we’ll sell  ‘em for a dollar,

And get rich, rich, RICH!”

...

“PENNNNGUINS?” said Tacky. “Do you mean those

birds that march neatly in a row?”

and he marched,

1-2-3,

4-2,

3-6-0,

2 ½ ,

0.


...

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect hugged Tacky.

Tacky was an odd bird but a very nice bird to have around. 


Lester, H. (1988). Tacky the penguin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

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