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  • Hardcover
  • 40
  • Ginger and Petunia
  • Patricia Polacco
  • English
  • 12 July 2019
  • 9780399245398

10 thoughts on “Ginger and Petunia

  1. says:

    When accomplished pianist and fashionable lady about town Virginia Vincent Folsum known to her friends as Ginger must leave town she entrusts her beloved porcine companion Petunia to the care of a house sitter But a last minute cancellation leaves Petunia on her own with little food in the house and no one to watch over her Fortunately she's been observing Ginger for years and knows how to be a lady stepping into her human's shoes with ease and proving her maxim that You are what you wearLike many of her other picture books Patricia Polacco's Ginger and Petunia is inspired by real life people and animals known to the author Unfortunately unlike some of these other biographical and autobiographical picture books I just wasn't won over by this one perhaps because of its fantasy element in which Petunia successfully impersonates Ginger? There's nothing really wrong with it I can imagine that some readers will find it amusing and it's got Polacco's trademark artwork with its bold colors and sense of energetic motion but something just didn't work for me I think perhaps I just prefer Polacco's tragedies


  2. says:

    This is a very amusing story even though I thought the ending was a bit weak It’s the story of a pet pig who takes over for her person when her person a music teacher who loves her elegant clothes goes away and the housepig sitter doesn’t show up The language used is lilting and lovely The illustrations are colorful and fun The humor is droll and the book is entertaining There were several pages where I felt gleeful as I read Perhaps Petunia the pig should have gotten top billing in the title of this bookThis author uses a lot of real life events for her books Apparently she really knows a Ginger with a pet pig named Petunia but the real life Petunia has never worn Ginger’s clothes and impersonated her


  3. says:

    An amusing story about Ginger an eccentric fashionable and warm hearted musical artist and her pampered pig Petunia When Ginger is called away urgently to London for a performance she coordinates with an agency to take care of Petunia and her other affairs while she is away But the agency cancels after Ginger has already left Instead of wallowing in her own misery Petunia decides to take charge After all Ginger always said You are what you wear Maybe if Petunia wears Ginger's fabulous clothes she will be like GingerThis is a fun and fanciful story though I feel a bit curmudgeony saying that I'm not sure what was exactly the point about it It's still well written and an enjoyable read though compared to other Polacco books it fell short for me Still she has written so many remarkable books about some very heavy subjects perhaps she just wanted to write a silly one for a change and I can't say as I blame her And the illustrations in this one are especially humorous and winsome


  4. says:

    Update I read this again March 9 2015 Yesterday I borrowed this book from the library again When I took it out to my children who were waiting in the car with my husband I showed them the cover and all three of them yelled to have it first They remembered it a year later This was especially impressive in my five year old who claims she can't remember anythingWe read it again soon after coming home and my five year old is asking for it again this afternoon She loves the story the art and the drama Petunia is a wonderfully dramatic and devoted pig If you read this make sure to give her a lot of flair It's who she isFeb 7 2014 I have a new favorite children's picture book Petunia and Ginger are uite the pair My husband and I were laughing out loud as the story developed Usually he listens politely as I read to the children This time we were both laughing too hard to turn the page Well done Ms Polacco I'm going to be on the lookout for this book on my next bookstore visit


  5. says:

    I thought this story was going to be stupid but I got sucked right into it and enjoyed it very much As Petunia becomes mud deprived and her behavior deteriorates she nevertheless ends up saving the day A very clever humorous story


  6. says:

    This book is very sweet and cute because when Petunia was alone she was so funny because she did everything the lady Ginger was going to do My favorite part of this book was when Ginger came home and the two best friends were back together


  7. says:

    I think this book is a little weird and very funny I mean a person has a giant pig living under the stairs Ginger makes cookies and blankets all for a pig But I did enjoy the funniness it had I think younger kids would enjoy this book Although I did think it was a little complicated to follow along with


  8. says:

    Personal ReactionI wasn’t exposed to much of Patricia Polacco’s work as a young child but I know I would have enjoyed this as a young child Ginger and Petunia is an excellent book bringing something new to the table on every page Ginger’s pig Petunia pretends to be Ginger herself dressing up in Ginger’s clothes putting on Ginger’s makeup and even going to Ginger’s social parties Because Petunia is a pig she cannot keep up the facade up and the illustrations perfectly depict how badly Petunia wants to get out of Ginger’s clothes and do her daily mud soak The kids would love the expressions of Petunia and the colorful pages filled with lots of movement They would be just as eager to get into that mud bath Petunia daydreams about throughout the whole bookPurpose Read aloud to apply to many subjects of study in grades 2 4thLiterary Activities This book is rich in vocabulary Words like “impudent” or “forgery” or even a French term such as “ hors d’oeuvres” These are perfect to bring to attention to children in 3rd or 4th grade and to practice using them This book could also be used in a science lesson Pigs need to swim in mud baths because they don't have sweat glands to keep themselves cool This would be a fun book to reiterate with the studentsIndependent StudiesChildren can be asked what they can’t go living a day without Petunia couldn’t function properly without her mud soakChildren love applying things they learn and this book would provide a great way to have children to be someone for one day their parents for instance Then they would realize how much work it is and understand why people get exhausted from so many little tasks


  9. says:

    Although all the silliness in this picture book is simply too much for my own personal tastes young readers find the exaggerated tale of a woman and her beloved pig a hoot The story revolves around Virginia Vincent Folsum affectionately known as Ginger and how her pet pig Petunia impersonates her while she's out of town A talented pianist who now gives piano lesson to youngsters Ginger is in high demand When arrangements for Petunia's care fall apart unbeknownst to Ginger Petunia takes matters in her own hands even purchasing groceries and attending various public functions The illustrations created with pencils and markers are deliciously humorous as Petunia looks a great deal like her mentor as she dons her gowns and puts on her makeup As the story unfolds Petunia becomes increasingly distraught because her schedule precludes relaxing in a mud bath one of her favorite activities The illustrations capture her feelings perfectly and will certainly make readers smile My favorite illustration features Petunia and the governor tangoing right into the fountain of chocolate mousse Certainly this is a good title for sharing with others with its appeal only heightened by the fact that Polacco has based the story on a musician friend of hers


  10. says:

    Elegant Virgina Vincent Folsum lives in an eually elegant home in an exclusive neighborhood She drives a snazzy red sports car is a wine aficionado gourmet cook and uite the clothes horse Her motto is You are what you wear Ginger as she is affectionately known is also an accomplished pianist who trains young piano proteges in her home Ginger is devoted to her closest confidant and friend a pig named Petunia One day Ginger accepts an invitation to travel to England to perform as a guest soloist at a prestigious affair and uickly arranges for a house and pig sitter for Petunia who cancels after Ginger has left What is poor Petunia to do? Ginger has always taken care of Petunia so now it's time for Petunia to return the favor Masuerading as Ginger by donning her flamboyant attire Petunia skillfully takes over the piano classes runs errands and attends a whirlwind of events fooling and charming everyone in the process Alas without her daily soothing mud baths Petunia becomes frazzled until desperation drives her to leap into a vat of chocolate taking the Governor along with her


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Patricia Polacco ✓ 8 Read

Ginger and Petunia

Virginia Vincent Folsum better known as Ginger is a very elegant lady An accomplished pianist socially active and what style You are what you wear is her motto But Ginger's greates This is a very amusing story even though I thought the ending was a bit weak It’s the story of a pet pig who takes over for her person when her person a music teacher who loves her elegant clothes goes away and the housepig sitter doesn’t show up The language used is lilting and lovely The illustrations are colorful and fun The humor is droll and the book is entertaining There were several pages where I felt gleeful as I read Perhaps Petunia the pig should have gotten top billing in the title of this bookThis author uses a lot of real life events for her books Apparently she really knows a Ginger with a pet pig named Petunia but the real life Petunia has never worn Ginger’s clothes and impersonated her

Summary Å eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Patricia Polacco

T passion is her pet pig Petunia whom she pampers endlessly When Ginger is called out of town for a performance Petunia is left on her own Donning Ginger's stunning gowns Petunia p Update I read this again March 9 2015 Yesterday I borrowed this book from the library again When I took it out to my children who were waiting in the car with my husband I showed them the cover and all three of them yelled to have it first They remembered it a year later This was especially impressive in my five year old who claims she can't remember anythingWe read it again soon after coming home and my five year old is asking for it again this afternoon She loves the story the art and the drama Petunia is a wonderfully dramatic and devoted pig If you read this make sure to give her a lot of flair It's who she isFeb 7 2014 I have a new favorite children's picture book Petunia and Ginger are uite the pair My husband and I were laughing out loud as the story developed Usually he listens politely as I read to the children This time we were both laughing too hard to turn the page Well done Ms Polacco I'm going to be on the lookout for this book on my next bookstore visit

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Oses as Ginger and conducts business as usual with no one the wiser Hilarity ensues as Petunia becomes the toast of the town proving Ginger's motto that you really are what you wea Personal ReactionI wasn’t exposed to much of Patricia Polacco’s work as a young child but I know I would have enjoyed this as a young child Ginger and Petunia is an excellent book bringing something new to the table on every page Ginger’s pig Petunia pretends to be Ginger herself dressing up in Ginger’s clothes putting on Ginger’s makeup and even going to Ginger’s social parties Because Petunia is a pig she cannot keep up the facade up and the illustrations perfectly depict how badly Petunia wants to get out of Ginger’s clothes and do her daily mud soak The kids would love the expressions of Petunia and the colorful pages filled with lots of movement They would be just as eager to get into that mud bath Petunia daydreams about throughout the whole bookPurpose Read aloud to apply to many subjects of study in grades 2 4thLiterary Activities This book is rich in vocabulary Words like “impudent” or “forgery” or even a French term such as “ hors d’oeuvres” These are perfect to bring to attention to children in 3rd or 4th grade and to practice using them This book could also be used in a science lesson Pigs need to swim in mud baths because they don't have sweat glands to keep themselves cool This would be a fun book to reiterate with the studentsIndependent StudiesChildren can be asked what they can’t go living a day without Petunia couldn’t function properly without her mud soakChildren love applying things they learn and this book would provide a great way to have children to be someone for one day their parents for instance Then they would realize how much work it is and understand why people get exhausted from so many little tasks


About the Author: Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator with around seventy beloved and award winning books to her credit including The Keeping uilt Pink and Say The Blessing Cup Chicken Sunday and Thank You Mr Falker She resides in Michigan.