by Roger Duvoisin

Paper Book, 1950



Call number

PZ10.3.D96 Pe



New York : Knopf, [1950]


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

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LibraryThing member ht_storytime
[VIDEO] grainy video with old-fashioned drawings, but the story is still great. A bit on the preachy side, though.
LibraryThing member GayWard
Petunia, the goose, learns that possessing knowledge involves more than just carrying a book around under her wing.
LibraryThing member EmilyPhilips
A talking duck helps other animals who see him as wise, however, his foolishness comes out in the end. This book is great as motivation to learn how to read and the importance of reading to gain knowledge and wisdom. Petunia is meant for elementary grades.
LibraryThing member Emily_Cobenais
Petunia is a goose that wants to become wise and thinks that by carrying around a book she is wise. She soon learns, however, that in order to be wise and help her friends be happy she must learn to read. I liked this book because it was entertaining. This book could be for children in grades 2-4.
LibraryThing member AmyLu
Petunia learns, at the expense of her barnyard friends, that just carrying a book does not make you more intelligent. This is a great motivator for early elementary children to get them to pick up a book and read.
LibraryThing member awakefield808
I think this is a great book to reader to a little bit older kids (3-5th graders), there is a great message intertwined in the book! Its a great read and I think kids will really like this book. The illustrations are very eye catching and keeps kids interested!
LibraryThing member caitlin.wester
Petunia is a great book to get children informed on reading. It shows that just because you have a book you cannot be intelligent unless you take the time to really learn and read it. This informs children that they should work hard to succeed while also bringing humor into the mix.
LibraryThing member Bwestpha
Petunia was a cute book.
LibraryThing member Crystal.Axelson
This book would be great to teach the value that books have in helping us to learn.
LibraryThing member E.OB
Petunia was walking around the barnyard when she had discovered a book. She picked it up recognizing it but was unable to read it. She had gone around the barnyard pretending that she knew all boosting her ego with everyone coming to her know with the questions. With her providing them with false
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information it had caused the barnyard to be on the fritz. Once it got to the point where everything was messed up that Petunia realized that the important thing was not the book itself but the information inside of it. She had taken some time to learn to read so that way she wouldn't just appear to be smart she really would be.
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LibraryThing member RachelPeterson
Petunia, the duck clucks around the barnyard thinking she's wise because she has a book. She soon however realizes that carrying around a book does not make you more intelligent. Its a great motivator to get children to read.I would read this book to elementary grades.
LibraryThing member tfink
A silly goose carries around a book she thinks will make her wise. I like all the crazy things Petunia tells the other animals when she pretends to read.
LibraryThing member kaylekatzung
Petunia the goose learn that carrying a book and giving other animalss knowledge isnt so simple. When her advice goes wrong petunia realizes that she needs to learn how to read in order to understand things. This book is meant for elementary school ages.
LibraryThing member blbooks
First sentence" In the meadow, early one morning, Petunia, the silly goose, went strolling. She ate a bug here, clipped off a clover leaf there, and she picked at the dewdrops on the goldenrod leaves.

Premise/plot: Petunia stars in this classic picture book from 1950. Petunia doesn't like being
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thought of as a "silly goose." So when Petunia literally stumbles across a book--though she doesn't really know what books are really for--she becomes a proud goose, a very proud goose. Carrying this newfound "wise book" everywhere she goes, Petunia is convinced that she is the wisest and best. Everyone starts coming to her for advice, but, her advice tends to do more harm than good. Petunia--book or not--is a silly goose. After a near-disaster--pride goeth before a fall--Petunia realizes something--the book is for reading. Possessing a book without having read it, without really knowing it, without really experiencing all it has to offer is shortsighted at best, foolish at worst. So Petunia decides...perhaps just's time she learns how to read.

My thoughts: I read this one and instantly saw some spiritual insights or lessons to be learned. Were these insights intentional by the author--maybe, maybe not. But even if they weren't, I think there's much food for thought to be gleaned.


So Petunia picked up the Book, and off she went with it. She slept with it....she swam with it...and, knowing that she was so wise, Petunia also became proud, and prouder, and proud that her neck stretched out several notches.


Now she saw that there was something written inside the Book which she could not read. So she sat down and thought and thought and thought, until at least she sighed, "Now I understand. It was not enough to carry wisdom under my wing. I must put it into my mind and in my heart. And to do that I must learn to read."
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Physical description

26 cm


0394908651 / 9780394908656

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