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The Penguin Lessons

Tom Michell

Set against Argentina’s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Peronist regime, this volume features the story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term.


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Reader Reviews


12 May 2017

The author reflects on his adventures as a young man teaching at a boarding school in Argentina. Full of enthusiasm as he explores South America, his life takes a very unexpected turn when he finds a penguin close to death after being swept ashore in an oil spill off the coast of Uruguay.

Tom’s delight at his success in rescuing “Juan Salvador” is tempered by the sudden realisation that by cleaning him he may have ruined the penguin’s waterproofing. There seems to be no other option but to take Juan back to Argentina.

To say that Juan Salvador is a huge hit with everyone at the school – both staff and boys – would be an understatement. A friendly and funny character who seems to empathise whenever someone decides to confide in him, Juan brings happiness to all those you know him.

I loved this true, heart-warming account of life in a fascinating country with an equally fascinating companion!


28 June 2017

This was an impulse borrow from my son who loves penguins!! It is a heart warming, comforting story about challenges encountered; including crossing borders, smuggling a penguin, living with a penguin…

Totally absorbing.

Cymorth brys