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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Div of Random House, Inc; Reprint edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440417546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440417545
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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 beloved classic will delight and inspire a whole new generation of readers.

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I loved this book as a child and did onwned several copies, only because my mom had to read it to me so many times that the pages actually weared away. I stumbled accross this book again now
and thought what a great classic. I just had to have it! fantastic read for kids.
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I loved Petunia when I was five and am thrilled that so does my daughter. She is a silly goose but one that knows that books can make you wise - butalas not how they do it. Wonderful incentive to learn to read as petunia's errors and misfortunes show her that it's not enough just to have a book as an accessory
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I bought this book a year ago for my 2yr old daughter however she has only now started to really enjoy it. It is a funny story that emphasises the importance of learning before giving others advice. Best suited to 3yrs+ as the story is a little long for those under 3yrs. Beautifully illustrated, a nice bedtime read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9851a348) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
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HASH(0x9837a150) out of 5 stars Petunia is perfect! 3 April 2000
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Petunia finds a book, and because she carries the book around, she thinks she's smart. However, when Petunia starts passing out advice based on her "knowledge", the barnyard is ripe for one calamity after another. Petunia and her friends are colorful and comical in the illustrations, and the problems her newfound intellect creates are clever and funny. And, it couldn't be a truly good children's book without a truly good lesson at the end - a little moral about books and their value. Perfection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9837a5a0) out of 5 stars Appealing and quirky goose 13 Jun. 2006
By A. Woodley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Petunia is a goose, she finds a book and suddenly realises that she must be very intelligent. So she carries the book around under her arm. Other animals in the farm come to her for advice which she dispenses, but usually without good results. Then she comes across a box, she thinks she knows what to do - unfotunately her advice is not good for dealing with a box of fireworks.

There is disaster and Petunia has enough sense to realise that she has not gained any knowledge from simply carrying a book around but must read what is within the pages.

An appealing and quirky book. Also try out Petunia's Christmas. Very good child appealing parables.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9837a5dc) out of 5 stars Proud Petunia Pleases 25 Mar. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
Petunia is a silly goose who finds a book and believes she'll be wiser if she's seen carrying it around. And the other barnyard animals actually think she *is* wiser because of it. The thing of it is, she's still just a silly goose, who gets her friends into all sorts of scrapes.
"Petunia" is a pleaser but gets a little too philosophical in the last two pages. That's okay-- the first pages and clean 1950s illustrations make up for it. A classic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9837a504) out of 5 stars Oh Proud, Proud, Proud Petunia! 8 Jun. 2008
By Miss Dahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ohhhh Petunia!!! Believe it or not I found this book for 50 cents at a thrift store in mint condition having never read it before, by far the best deal I ever got with money from the bottom of my purse! Petunia is a silly goose for sure thinking just cause she "finds" a book one day that carrying it under her wing is enough to make her wise, but of course its not and proud, proud Petunia keeps stretching her neck out and butting her big neck into everyones troubles and only making them worse till one day it finally blows up in her face (literally)! But that was the best thing that could have happened to the silly goose cause it humbled her back to where her little neck belonged and teaches her its not enough to just carry a book but to learn to read it and thats the way to be wise in your mind and your heart, and maybe then she can truly help her friends! Absolute Classic!!! A good spoonful of humble pie right at bedtime.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9837aa2c) out of 5 stars Childhood favorite 31 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
Petunia was a fourth grade favorite of mine many years ago. Her "wisdom" was so cleverly revealed in the end that I kept the book checked out of the school library all year long.
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