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Richard Atwater


(1892 - 1948)

Richard Atwater

Richard Atwater was a professor of classics at the University of Chicago who, along with his wife Florence wrote “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” It went on to win both a Newbery Honor award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.


Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1938)

When Mr. Popper unexpectedly becomes the proprietor of a troupe of penguins, he takes them on the road to make ends meet.

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Author(s): Florence Atwater
Richard Atwater
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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