Book of the Week: Petunia

January 14, 2013

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin

By Carter.

Petunia is fairly new to me, but it was love at first sight. I’ve never met a sweeter goose. It was originally published in 1950 by Roger Duvoisin, and has a timelessness that is so endearing.

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin Petunia by Roger Duvoisin

She’s a bit sassy, a bit bossy, but has a lot of heart. She means well, but now that she has found A Book, she thinks she has all of the wisdom in the world. The farm explodes (quite literally) with mayhem and mishaps, and Petunia realizes that perhaps wisdom comes from reading the actual pages.

Do you have any other favorites that spread such classic charm?

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag January 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

LOVE PETUNIA! Huge Duvoisin fan. This holiday season my daughter and I read ‘Petunia’s Christmas’, which was super cute — Petunia gets married!


2 Starr January 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

I once read Petunia to a class of 10 & 11 year olds. It was the best description of having a “stiff neck” that I could imagine!


3 Carter Higgins January 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I love the pictures where she gets prouder and prouder and prouder, and each time her neck gets higher and higher and higher!


4 Pam January 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

We love this story! It’s a favorite at bedtime and at Christmas, we always read Petunia’s Christmas which has a wonderful message of love.


5 Carter Higgins January 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’m SO glad to know about her other stories. Falling in love with this goose — better late than never, right?


6 Andrea January 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

I’ve never heard of this book! It looks darling–thanks for the recommendation.


7 Joanna January 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

I love PETUNIA but I also think Madeline has some classic charm for me!


8 SarahBeth January 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

Crazy! I was driving home not two hours ago, and after calling my daughter a “silly goose,” I thought to myself, “What was the name of that great book about the goose at christmas?” Thanks for posting, Carter, what a lovely coincidence.


9 Carter Higgins January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

Oh! That makes me smile!


10 lyndsay January 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

sooo cute! i love vintage books..and now with a little 5 month old baby i can finally stock up on super cute books for a REASON! ^__^


11 JennyD January 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Petunia is the reason I can’t and never have been able to eat goose!


12 G at willowday January 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

We love Petunia books, too! I’m so happy just to see this happy face, again. Thanks for the reminder!


13 Jessica Ochs January 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

We love Petunia and Duvoisin! Beautiful book!


14 Lori C. January 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I was so happy to see this book featured. It was a childhood favorite and one I had forgotten about. Definitely going to add it to my collection.


15 Carter Higgins January 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

So glad. Love all the love for Petunia. She is a treat!


16 Susan January 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I love his book “Veronica” , I’ll have to check this one out too! Thanks


17 Heather January 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

We just checked this book out from the library and all adored it! Such great pictures and really hilarious.


18 Ginger January 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

Petunia’s Christmas is just the most lovely love story…..We check it out
every Christmas Season….

Happy New Year


19 Kelly January 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

I’ll have to check this one out!

Another old picture book I love (and my daughter has always loved) is Backwards Day.


20 Amy3 January 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

If you don’t know Duvoisin’s book Donkey-Donkey, that’s a great one. One of my all-time favorite children’s books EVER. I kept my copy from when I was a kid and my 11-year-old daughter still reads it! I know I used to have Petunia, too, but it must have been lost somewhere in my growing up.


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