Petunia's Christmas

Petunia's Christmas

by Roger Duvoisin
     
 

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While taking a walk in the snow, the pet goose Petunia meets Charles, a most charming and handsome gander. Handsome, yes–and hefty, because poor Charles is being fattened for Christmas dinner by the farmer next door. Will the gander of Petunia’s dreams be served up roasted, with applesauce on the side?

Petunia’s determination to save Charles, even

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While taking a walk in the snow, the pet goose Petunia meets Charles, a most charming and handsome gander. Handsome, yes–and hefty, because poor Charles is being fattened for Christmas dinner by the farmer next door. Will the gander of Petunia’s dreams be served up roasted, with applesauce on the side?

Petunia’s determination to save Charles, even if it means posing as Santa Claus, results in “one of the simplest, funniest, and most original of Christmas stories,” wrote the Chicago Tribune when this book was originally published in 1952. A yuletide classic by a Caldecott Medal winner, Petunia’s Christmas is still making children laugh as it shows the true spirit of Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Petunia the irrepressible goose employs all of her wiles to prevent a handsome gander from being served up as the Christmas entree at Windy Farm. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Goose love conquers all in Petunia's Christmas (1952) by Roger Duvoisin. The feathered heroine's true love, Charles, is being fattened by a farmer to be sold for Christmas dinner. She tries a number of creative schemes to free the ill-fated fowl and all ends cheerfully. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Petunia, a goose, is out for a walk in the new snow and finds herself at Windy Farm. She sees Charles, a very handsome gander inside a fence. When he tells her that he is being fattened for Christmas dinner, Petunia devises a plan to set him free. Disguised as a "goose-footed flying dragon," she is successful in her endeavor only to discover that the farmer, armed with his rifle, is tracking her. A new plan is needed, and our Petunia's successful entrepreneurial skills are matched by the farm couple's compassion. On Christmas day, Petunia and Charles are married. Duvoisin's keen eye for line and shape certainly withstands the test of time as evidenced in this reissue. What was originally contemporary clothing on the people in the illustrations can now be called "a retro look." 2004 (orig.1952), Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 3 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679806967
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Edition description:
1st Dragonfly ed
Pages:
32

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Meet the Author

ROGER DUVOISIN was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1904 and came to the United States in 1925. He wrote and illustrated 40 books–including five books about Petunia–and illustrated more than 100 written by other authors, including The Happy Lion by his wife, Louise Fatio. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1948 for White Snow, Bright Snow and a Caldecott Honor in 1966 for Hide and Seek Fog, both written by Alvin Tresselt. He was also a distinguished magazine illustrator and an important New Yorker cover artist starting in 1935. Roger Duvoisin died in 1980.

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