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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand (1936)

by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator), Robert Lawson (Illustrator), Munro Leaf

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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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I absolutely loved this book. I will be able to use this book to teach the importance of being gentle. This book is a fantasy book. This book was beautifully illustrated. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Jan 27, 2015 |
OK, I heard of this in the movie The Blind Side, and got it from Amazon. It's a children's book for very young children, nice little story and great illustrations. And it's given the Royal Treatment in this anniversary slipcased edition. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jan 25, 2015 |
Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful--and--beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. This beloved story is great for younger readers. This was one of my favorite books growing up. I used to read it over and over until i never made a mistake while reading it. The illustrations are dull however really capture the true essence of the authors purpose. The text is cohesive and large enough to read. There are a lot of words on every page for being a picture book, however, the story line is very interesting. ( )
  eoertl1 | Dec 11, 2014 |
This story is absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend that every teacher has this story in their classroom library. A story about a gentle bull who gets mistaken for a tough and strong bull because of a bee sting. Students who read this book will get the message that being different doesn't make you wrong or a bad person. Ferdinand was different than many other bulls by sitting and smelling flowers rather than being tough. Although the other bulls thought that this was weird and wrong, Ferdinand did not seem to care. This is a great message for children to follow, that they should not care what others think of them. This story will help children who are struggling to find themselves or to accept themselves. I think it is a great read aloud for children ages 6-12. I would give this book a 5/5, 10/10! Even the black and white drawings of the book published over 70 years ago, are wonderful.
  lfasce1 | Dec 2, 2014 |
I really love this story of the bull who wants to go his own way, his hapless involvement in bullfighting, and his placid refusal to fight. Plus, his mama, who wanted to make sure that her son was okay -- then when she saw he was happy, she gave the bovine equivalent of a shrug and said well enough. ¡Viva el torro! ( )
  lquilter | Oct 5, 2014 |
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Lawson, RobertIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratormain 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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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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