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Petunia

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When Roger Duvoisin first introduced children to his proud and silly goose, Petunia, in 1950, it was love at first sight. Those children have grown up, but Petunia is every bit as fresh and funny and muddled as the day she was born. In this, the first of the series of classic books featuring the silly goose, Petunia finds a book--and, deciding that if she owns a book she must be wise, dispenses hilariously mistaken advice to the other animals in the farmyard. With its gentle lesson and the kind of humor that kids love best, this new edition of a picture book classic will delight and inspire a whole new generation of readers.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 36 pages
  • 236.22 x 281.94 x 10.16mm | 408.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House USA Children's Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 0394808657
  • 9780394808659
  • 359,491

About Roger Duvoisin

Roger Duvoisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1904 and came to the U.S.A. in 1925. Among his more than 40 children's books, he is best known for those featuring Veronica, the conspicuous hippopotamus, and Petunia, the silly goose. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for White Snow, Bright Snow and a Caldecott Honor in 1966. He died in 1980.show more

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Now in paperback, the special 50th-anniversary edition of a picture book classic.show more

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When Roger Duvoisin first introduced children to his proud and silly goose, Petunia, in 1950, it was love at first sight. Those children have grown up, but Petunia is every bit as fresh and funny and muddled as the day she was born. In this, the first of the series of classic books featuring the silly goose, Petunia finds a book--and, deciding that if she owns a book she must be wise, dispenses hilariously mistaken advice to the other animals in the farmyard. With its gentle lesson and the kind of humor that kids love best, this new edition of a picture book classic will delight and inspire a whole new generation of readers.show more

Review Text

Lots of giggles with a sly prod to beginning readers in this tale of a silly goose who wanted to be wise. Petunia the goose was delighted when she found a book, for she had heard it said: "he who owns and loves books is wise". So Petunia, owning a book, proceeded to love it and considered herself very wise. So did the other animals and soon Petunia became a web-footed Mr. Anthony, making important decisions - all of which brought forth disastrous results. But when Petunia spells out "CANDY" on a box marked "FIREWORKS", she discovers in the resultant carnage the book's insides, and decides to learn how to read. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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1,676 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 42% (699)
4 31% (519)
3 22% (374)
2 4% (68)
1 1% (16)
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