Petunia by Roger Duvoisin

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Petunia, the goose, learns that possessing knowledge involves more than just carrying a book around under her wing.
 

About Roger Duvoisin

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Roger Duvoisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 28, 1904 and came to the United States in 1925. Duvoisin created more than forty books and illustrated more than 140 books for children. Among his more than 40 childrenżs books, he is best known for those featuring Veronica, the hippopotamus, and Petunia, the silly goose. In addition, he created the characters Donkey-Donkey and Hector-Penguin. He also illustrated "Happy Lion," a series written by his wife. He received several awards for his works including the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for White Snow, Bright Snow and a Caldecott Honor in 1966. He received the Society of Illustrators Award, the Rutgers Award, the Silver Medallion of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Kerlan Award of the University of Minnesota. He died June 30, 1980 in Morristown, New Jersey.
 
Published January 1, 1950 by Dragonfly Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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To aid, Petunia paints herself up to try to scare Charlie's owners, begs as a Santa Claus, makes wreaths to sell so she can buy Charlie at 75¢ to the pound.

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A firm believer that the grass is greener on the other side of home, Petunia intrepidly wanders off to the hill top where, not only is the grass parched and dry, but where at every step a hungry animal eyes Petunia thinking that she would make a more than ample dinner.

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Petunia admired the singers on the farm, and when she heard a lovely song all about Petunia, she tried to sing too.

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But ""CALISTHENICS"" remedies things and Petunia, now fit, not fat, flies right to the city, makes friends with the policeman, sees the sights, but soon begins to feel so small that she's happy to return to the country.

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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.

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