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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
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The Story of Ferdinand (1936)

by Munro Leaf, Munro Leaf

Other authors: Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

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    The Right To Be Lazy by Paul Lafargue (lquilter)
    lquilter: If you like "The Right To Be Lazy", perhaps you would enjoy reading to your children (and for yourself), "The Story of Ferdinand", by Munro Leaf -- a children's picture book about a bull who doesn't want to fight, but just wants to sit under a tree and enjoy nature. If you liked reading Ferdinand to your kids, maybe you'd also like spending some time with the classic pro-relaxation theoretical work of Lafargue, who argues that relaxation and creativity, not work, are the true engines of human development. Down with the corporate-capitalist-entertainment complex! Up with the enjoyment of life, bread, and roses!… (more)
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The Story of Ferdinand follows a little bull until he in grown up. Ferdinand was not like other bulls, he enjoyed sitting under a cork tree and smelling flowers. Ferdinand didn't want to fight like the other bulls, so when the men came to find the toughest, strongest bull, Ferdinand went and sat under his tree. Ferdinand accidentally sat on a bee that stung him and he started jumping and bucking everywhere. The men saw him and thought that he would be the best bull to take to the fight. When Ferdinand was put into the ring, he simply sat down and watched his surroundings. Ferdinand never changed who he was for anyone, he was always himself. This story shows that it is ok to be yourself and you don't need to change who you are for anyone else. You should always do what makes you happy and never compromise. Each student could write down what makes them happy and why, and then draw a picture. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 25, 2015 |
Ferdinand was not part of my collection growing up. In fact, the only reason I know of it is because of its role in the movie 'The Blind Side'. How this is possible, I don't know. Published in 1936, the straightforward significance of this story remains clear. Munro Leaf captures the essence of attaining happiness. Readers of all ages can identify with the notion that being different doesn’t make it wrong and that sometimes it’s the small things in life that make us the most happy. Ferdinand proves this true when he attains bliss by simply sitting and smelling the flowers. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Apr 22, 2015 |
Originality is a key component when reading the story of Ferdinand the Bull. When you read this story, you are being brought into the mind of a unique bull. Unlike all the other bulls, Ferdinand was the only one who wasn't interested in being sold into bull fighting. This picture book allows the reader to understand that you should never be forced into doing something that doesn't feel comfortable to you as a person. Out of all the bulls, Ferdinand was the only one who was picked by the Matador's to fight in the bull ring with other bulls. The audience will realize that the more they force something upon someone without consent, the less interested they will become in a certain event. Staying true to who you are without letting others persuade you, is a huge component to understand in this story. I would read this book from age 3-8 years old because each age their will be a different perception on the story. This book captivates the mind of young children and is able to relate to them through animal storytelling. ( )
  mbabst | Apr 8, 2015 |
The Story of Ferdinand is a classic for both its story and its illustrations. The book begins by showing the peaceful nature of Ferdinand the bull compared to his other counterparts. While the other bulls spend their days in a constant rage and budding heads, Ferdinand quietly sits under his favorite tree smelling flowers. One day, Ferdinand is stung by a bee and appears to be the biggest and meanest bull in the yard so he is taken to Spain to fight. When he arrives in the arena, the crowd and fighters are disappointed by his mellow and peaceful nature so Ferdinand is sent back to his farm where he is able to sit under his tree and smell his flowers in peace. It is amazing, but understandable, how this story has been around for so long and is enjoyed by both adults and children. The story and drawings are simple, entertaining, and humorous all at the same time. Not only is it a fun read, but it also can help teachers teach students about the traditional practice of bullfighting and introduce a different culture to them. This book is also amazing because it teaches the reader the benefit to not engaging in violence and the power of tranquility.
  laineyh | Mar 15, 2015 |
Such a great book! A timeless story of pacifism and the simple beauties of life, Ferdinand is a great book to teach children that being different is okay, in fact it is great. ( )
  RachelBowers | Mar 3, 2015 |
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Leaf, Munromain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Once upon a time in Spain there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand.
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Their so much learning that can be brought into the classroom with this story. This story presents a story of peace and difference. It also introduces the history of bullfighting.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0670674249, Hardcover)

What else can be said about the fabulous Ferdinand? Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children's books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations. Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree-- just smelling the flowers--to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. This cow is no coward--he simply has his pacifist priorities clear. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he meets with the wrong end of a bee. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree (due to a frightful sting), is the selfsame day that five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid.

Ferdinand's day in the arena gives readers not only an education in the historical tradition of bullfighting, but also a lesson in nonviolent tranquility. Robert Lawson's black-and-white drawings are evocative and detailed, with especially sweet renditions of Ferdinand, the serene bull hero. The Story of Ferdinand closes with one of the happiest endings in the history of happy endings--readers of all ages will drift off to a peaceful sleep, dreaming of sweet-smelling flowers and contented cows.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:03 -0400)

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Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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