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Petunia Hardcover – Illustrated, October 10, 2000

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In this charming tale set in a farmyard, originally published in 1950, Petunia the silly goose believes she has become wise just because she finds a book. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 0510 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A.Knopf (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394808657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394808659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
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.
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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.
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By A Customer on March 24, 2001
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.
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What a wonderful book. I bought it with the intention of reading it to my daughter. She couldn't wait and read it herself. As she finished it she took a deep breath and (to herself) said,

"That was a good book!"

Then she held it to her chest and smiled. Any book that causes this reaction in a 6 year old is highly recommended in my opinion.
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I have loved this book since I was a boy and bought a copy for my 4 year old to share with her. She loves to have me read this to her and it is quickly becoming one of her favorite books too. The book was a tad warped but still in great condition in my opinion. I hope this will be something she reads to her kids someday!
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I had never read this book before and heard it for the 1st time being read to 2nd graders. It has a lovely message and I immediately bought 2 copies one for myself and one for my teaching partner. It certainly is a book that stand the test of time.
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I will be giving this book to each of my Families for Christmas, The story of Petunia is tried and tested and so applicable to all and at all times in our lives.
IF you haven't read it.. you should. Then let it take over your live with all the "moral to the stories" for each season of your life.
This is the gift that I can't wait to give this year. :-)
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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.
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