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The Penguin Lessons - What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird

Tom Michell

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A unique and moving real-life story of the extraordinary bond between a young teacher and a penguin, this book will delight readers who loved Marley & Me, Dewey the Library Cat, The Good Good Pig, and any book by Jon Katz. In 1975, twenty-three-year-old Englishman Tom Michell follows his wanderlust to Argentina, where he becomes assistant master at a prestigious boarding school. But Michell's adventures really begin when, on a weekend in Uruguay, he rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill, cleans the bird up, and attempts to return him to the sea. The penguin refuses to leave his rescuer's side. "That was the moment at which he became my penguin, and whatever the future held, we'd face it together," says Michell in this charming memoir. Michell names the penguin Juan Salvador ("John Saved"), but Juan Salvador, as it turns out, is the one who saves Michell. After Michell smuggles the bird back to Argentina and into his campus apartment, word spreads about the young Englishman's unusual roommate. Juan Salvador is suddenly the center of attention-as mascot of the rugby team, confidant to the dorm housekeeper, co-host of Michell's parties, and an unprecedented swimming coach to a shy boy. Even through the collapse of the Perónist government and amid the country's economic and political strife, Juan Salvador brings joy to everyone around him-especially Michell, who considers the affectionate animal a compadre and kindred spirit. Witty and heartwarming, The Penguin Lessons is a classic in the making, a story that is both absurd and wonderful, exactly like Juan Salvador. Praise for The Penguin Lessons "I loved this book, and you will, too! It's as charming, heartwarming, and surprising as a penguin on a roof terrace. What's more, The Penguin Lessons teaches an important truth: that a single act of compassion can be repaid a thousand-fold."-Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus "[Tom Michell's] tone suits the material perfect

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bill Nighy

Length:

6h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:22