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The Story Of Ferdinand (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)… (original 1936; edition 2000)

by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

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Title:The Story Of Ferdinand (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Reading Railroad Books (Pb))
Authors:Munro Leaf
Other authors:Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
Info:Turtleback (2000), School & Library Binding, 32 pages
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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (1936)

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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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Not nearly as good as I remember it being. :(
  littlepiece | Mar 29, 2014 |
Loved that the book was so straightforward and easy to understand, cute book that took an unexpected turn when Ferdinand got picked. This would be a great story for a child to understand and use the pictures for assistance. The book is very linear and the black and white illustrations were cute and simple and went along well with the story. ( )
  mderob1 | Mar 28, 2014 |
This beautifully told story of a bull who wanted nothing more than to have a peaceful sit, under tree so to smell the flowers... the pictures depict the mood of the story in such a way, you can't feel for our protagonist. The book teach's empathy to the reader which could set a great calming vibe to a classroom. ( )
  Keller_M | Mar 17, 2014 |
This is the story of Ferdinand, a bull who would love nothing more than to sit under a tree in the shade and smell the flowers. When men come to find a bull to fight the madedor all the other bulls act tuff while Ferdinand sits under his tree and gets stung by a bee. When he begins to run around because of the sting the men choose him. He ends up not fighting and is returned to his farm where he can once again sit in the shade, smelling the flowers. This is a longer story with black and white pictues. It did not hold the attention of my six year old for very long. I would probably not use this book in my classroom. ( )
  Jfortmeyer | Mar 5, 2014 |
I had seen the cartoon on TV, as usual books are better :) ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 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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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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