The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
Published November 5th 2015
Genre: Non – Fiction
Source: Bought it
“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’s as the rugby team’s mascot, the housekeeper’s confidant, 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.
I love stories like this. I really appreciate it when someone changes their hole life to help an unfortunate animal that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Penguins are extraordinary creatures and this book thought me some new facts I wasn’t aware of. I adored the relationship between Juan Salvado and the author and the changes he made in the school.
If you like books about this kind of relationships you should try The Penguin Lessons, I really loved it.
Rating : 5 stars