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Tom Michell rescues a penguin, Juan Salvador from an oil slick in Uruguay. He has to leave because the term is about to start but the bird refuses to leave his side. The young teacher then decided to smuggle Juan across the border, risking his life, job, and citizenship. Set against the fall of the Peronist regime in Argentina, The Penguin Lessons is a true and heartwarming account of travel and companionship in all its forms.
What makes this book stand out?
The unparalleled bond between humans and animals.
Read it for
A true account of the adventures of a teacher and a penguin he rescues in turbulent times.
Don't read it for
Some of the geographical descriptions in the book are too long.