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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,243 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Lester Narrator: Lanie Zera Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drummer. He's something of an eccentric, which wouldn't be a problem if all the other penguins weren't such...conformists. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Santora | 2/16/2014

    " Tacky is an odd bird. He always causes trouble and gets on everyone's nerves, but when they need help he comes to the rescue. This is a fun story about accepting differences and being happy with who you are, even if you are odd! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Carey | 2/14/2014

    " Tacky books are really fun. The students would enjoy reading them. Since there a several in the series, it is a good way to get students interested in reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz B | 2/10/2014

    " Tacky the penguin is the first in a series of Tacky books. Tacky is an odd penguin who doesn't act like every other penguin. His "odd" ways always seem to benefit the group so each book ends with "Tacky is an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laci | 2/7/2014

    " This book is all about everyone is unique in their own ways. This would be a great diversity type of book to read in a classroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenna | 1/31/2014

    " Tacky is so adorable in his Hawaiian shirt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ☞Proud☜ ☺✌Bookworm☮♪ | 1/24/2014

    " awww! i used to love Tacky and scold the creatures that made fun of him ;D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandria | 1/23/2014

    " I like Tacky, because he's funny and my favorite animal is the penguin. I think that Tacky would make an awesome penguin friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Baker | 1/20/2014

    " Tacky is a great character for teaching children that it is ok to be you and to love it. Tacky is a whacky but lovable penguin who does his own thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarra | 1/4/2014

    " This was a great book for elementary students. It could be helpful with explaining that everyone is different. This could also be a useful tool with comparing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 1/2/2014

    " another unremarkable picture book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/16/2013

    " Tacky is a different sort of penguin, than Love, Angel, Perfect & Goodly, but it saves them all in the end. A great and fun read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 12/10/2013

    " it is very funy I liked how the auther had a few penguins that were the same and one that was unice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney McClure | 12/8/2013

    " This is a great boo for embracing the differences in people. Tacky the penguin is different for his peers and doesn't worry about that at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexcillia | 11/1/2013

    " I would encourage all of you to read this book....It brightens my spirits, and sometimes I sing the song in my head. It does get a little long though, (like 13 pages!) so read at your leisure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/26/2013

    " He's the silliest most enduring penguin I know! You've have a kick on his adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Edge | 7/20/2013

    " Love Tacky's character! I laughed out loud!! He was silly and helped me teach fictional characters to my kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cally Turner | 5/5/2012

    " This book was very cute and I think kids would love it. It has a cute theme with a penguin the main character and he always does clumsy things. I think that it would give the kids something to laugh about and keep their attention. I also liked how this book showed hard work and teamwork. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanae | 3/29/2012

    " I love this book. It is such a fun book to read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/12/2012

    " Makes me think of Franklin every time I read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 11/26/2011

    " This is a wonderful story to start a school year off with! Students will love listening to a funny story about penguins making friends. It would be great for the first week of school for the students to realize different personalities and that it is okay to be different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Mcmanaway | 5/11/2011

    " Great book for showing that is perfectly fine to be different. Wonderful book to use at the beginning of the year when learning about chracter building skills. This book is has so many different things you could use it for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bath Book Shop | 4/21/2011

    " This is the perfect picture book for three and four year old children. Tacky is certainly an individual, not conforming to the norm of the other penguins. Tacky's antics make this for a fun read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 4/18/2011

    " Tacky the penguin is the first in a series of Tacky books. Tacky is an odd penguin who doesn't act like every other penguin. His "odd" ways always seem to benefit the group so each book ends with "Tacky is an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L. Steven | 3/15/2011

    " Still one of my alltime favorites. I actually performed this book for my forensics skit last year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 1/24/2011

    " This book was about a penguin who marches to his own drummer. A good book to use to teach kids it's ok to be different, very funny, kids loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 1/11/2011

    " I liked it for its themes. While it modeled 'polite' behavior, it didn't diss the one who didn't conform and turned it into a blessing. My non-conforming daughters would have benefited from books like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenora | 12/1/2010

    " Great story about being different, without being cheesy and predictable. Perfect for kindergarten/head start.
    Tacky is a lot like me. A little clumsy and awkward, but damn cute and love-able. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 7/6/2010

    " This is my all time favorite book from when I was growing up.

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/29/2010

    " This was my son's all time favorite book when he was little. Tacky is a nonconformist penguin that just in his own little world living among the other perfect penguins. Tacky teaches us that it is okay to be different and that nobody is really perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 6/10/2010

    " Read this one without any help. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/22/2010

    " A story on individuality and reminds me of other books that celebrate a characters unique traits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 4/15/2010

    " Tacky is a great character for teaching children that it is ok to be you and to love it. Tacky is a whacky but lovable penguin who does his own thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenna | 4/5/2010

    " Tacky is so adorable in his Hawaiian shirt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/1/2010

    " One of my favorite, if not my favorite, childhood books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/13/2010

    " I loved this book as I kid! I totally forgot about it until I was unloading boxes at work and stumbled across it. "

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About the Author

Helen Lester is a children's book author from Evanston, Illinois. She is perhaps best known for her beloved character Tacky the Penguin who appears in many of her stories. Since her career began in 1979 she has published more than two dozen books, largely in collaboration with illustrator Lynn Munsinger. In addition to writing, Helen likes to travel the country visiting schools and encouraging children to write.