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Florence Atwater


(1896 - 1979)

Florence Atwater

Florence Hasseltine Carroll Atwater earned a masters degree in French literature. She married Richard Tupper Atwater and had two children. After her husband was disabled by a stroke, she revised his children’s book, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” which 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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