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Petunia Goes Wild by Paul Schmid

Petunia Goes Wild (edition 2012)

by Paul Schmid, Paul Schmid (Illustrator)

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Title:Petunia Goes Wild
Authors:Paul Schmid
Other authors:Paul Schmid (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Farmington Public Library
Tags:picture books, kids who want to be animals, boxes, minimalist illustration

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Petunia Goes Wild by Paul Schmid



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This picture book is illustrated with simple black pastel or crayon drawings and touches of purple and orange watercolor. The pages are mostly white. However, the simple drawings are engaging.

Petunia is a little girl who wants to be free of societal restrictions and bathe naked in mud puddles, eat her food off the floor, and live in a cave like an animal. Her parents are not at all supportive of her desires. In fact they come across as cold and shrill.

Petunia finally has enough of their criticism and decides to mail herself to Africa to live with the animals. Then she hears her mother singing and remembers how much she loves it. She decides to stay.

I like the idea of this book but it ends rather limply. After the shaming given by her parents, I felt they needed to redeem themselves more. Neither showed any love or affection to the child although we are told that she sometimes received tickles at bedtime. We should have seen the parents showing some understanding for Petunia’s wild nature. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 2016 |
More mild than wild. Cute story about pretending to be a wild animal. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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  activelearning | Dec 23, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061963348, Hardcover)

Petunia has had just about enough of being human. All those baths, good manners, clean clothes, even combed hair!

So our clever Petunia hatches a shocking and audacious plan to get away from all the haftas and instead live wild and free.

It is only when Petunia is about to leave it all that she realizes there can be joys and pleasures in being a human child.

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Petunia decides to stop being a human child and start living the life of a wild animal, much to her parents' displeasure.

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