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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

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 the bull is a classic children's picture book. This story is about a bull who liked to sit peaceful by his tree in the quiet and enjoy the sweet smell of the flowers around. He was not like the other bulls who kicked up and bucked their heads while running around. His mother got worried about him, but he tells her not to worry. He embraces that he is different than others around him and it doesn't bother him. He likes himself for who he is. The Story of Ferdinand would be great to use in the classroom. It conveys and shows that it is cool to be different. Embrace who you truly are. Much discussion could come from this book. This is a great book to use if you are talking about LGBT issues. I personally felt that is would be a very helpful book wit that, but also to stand us. up for what you believe. Be courageous. The illustrations in this story are older looking, but given it is a older they should look older. The cover is a right red, but in some books the images inside are just black and white with a drawing feel. ( )
  manderson20 | Nov 16, 2015 |
Good book for teaching children to accept who they are. Teaches it's okay to be different and not conform. ( )
  vickythiel | Nov 14, 2015 |
24months - another older read (1936), a really sweet story and beautifully illustrated. 31 months picked up a hard copy at the thrift store. O was excited to read the story again and in a couple of days we've read it six times.... Now that's a good book! ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Ferdinand, a historical fiction picture book, is a delicate and sweet story that takes place in Spain. A young bull named Ferdinand finds himself to be different from the other young bulls. While they all like to run and jump and butt heads, Ferdinand would rather smell the flowers and sit under his favorite tree. One day, some men from the Madrid bullfights discover Ferdinand, and delighted with his large size and casual attitude, they take him to the arena where he is expected to fight and run and butt heads. Instead, Ferdinand proves to be the same light hearted bull and in the end, finds himself smelling the flowers instead of fighting. The theme of this book revolves around the idea that it is okay to be different, or even just to stop and smell the flowers. Ferdinand surprises the readers and teaches them a silly, historical tale that could be useful for any 1st-2nd grade classroom! ( )
  EllieCoe | Oct 5, 2015 |
This is a book about a little bull who was gentle. All he wanted to do is sit and smell flowers under his tree. He didn't want to play with the other bulls. Ferdinand became big and strong. The other bulls wanted to be in the big bull fight but not Ferdinand. 5 men came to watch the other bulls try out. Ferdinand was at his tree smelling flowers and started to sit down and was stung by a bee. He jumped around and snorted so the men chose him to be in the fight. He arrived at the arena and watched as they brought in all the swords and the matador to fight him. The matadors were scared of him because the men called him Ferdinand the Fierce. When Ferdinand saw the flowers in the women's hair he just sat in the middle of the arena and smelled. He wouldn't fight. They took him home because he wasn't fierce.

I like this book. The reason is it is a cute little story that tells how we can judge a book by it's cover and be totally mistaken.

How I would extend this story is for one talk about the culture. It is Spanish in nature. I would also talk about what would you do if you were stung by a bee? Also I would have the kids draw a picture of Ferdinand. ( )
  LizaK | Sep 5, 2015 |
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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.

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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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