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  • Published: 15 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781405921824
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

The Penguin Lessons




When schoolteacher Tom Michell pulls a penguin from an oil slick off the coast of Uruguay he has no idea what to do.

'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time'


Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentinian boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin.

Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it through customs, across the border and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidante, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets, in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a campadre like no other...

The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations across the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
%%%'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time'


Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin.

Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it through customs, across the border and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidante, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets, in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other...

The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations across the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
%%%'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time'


Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin.

Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it'

  • Published: 15 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781405921824
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Praise for The Penguin Lessons

A much-beloved tale about a much-beloved bird ... heartwarmingly eccentric.... It's bound to be a hit

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