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We [as in preschooler and I] are new to the Tacky series of books, and this was our first purchase. I must say I was rather impressed by the wonderful message contained within this cute story about the little misfit penguin Tacky who wins the day by being himself. Tacky and his group of friends are working on a cheer routine for a contest, and Tacky doesn't seem to get the hang of the routine. His other cheermates have the routine down pat, but the routine itself seems to be rather monotonous. When the contest starts, all the other groups' routines fail to impress the judges, and it is left to Tacky and co. to present a winning routine. Will Tacky go with the flow, or does the misfit penguin actually have something up his sleeve to win the day? The illustrations are cute, but what I liked most about the book was the effective manner in which the message of celebrating being one's self is brought across. Recommended!
This is such a sweet story about being different and being accepted. I had my kindergartners color a penguin clip art pic and draw a pic of something they tried hard to do and succeeded. They colored a paper bow clip art tie and I taped it to their shirts. I made crepe paper and popsicle stick pompons and we repeated the cheers Tacky made. They loved it and understood it’s ok to be different.
My niece is a teacher in Arkansas. Her 1st grade class is sorely lacking in enjoyable books for afternoon reading. I purchased every 'Tacky' title available on Amazon and sent them down to her. I figured penguins in Arkansas would be a novelty for the kids, and they LOVED it!!
The 1st graders love Tacky and his crazy adventures; he's always faced w a perplexing problem, but seems to make the right (sometimes tough) choice to solve it. Good lessons for children!