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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand (original 1936; edition 1936)

by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

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Title:The Story of Ferdinand
Authors:Munro Leaf
Other authors:Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
Info:Viking Juvenile (1936), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 72 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, from:library, illustrated, picture books, bulls, flowers, spain, bullfighting

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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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This book is about a little bull that never liked to rough play like the other bulls. Growing up his mother always asked why he never wanted to and he always just said how he liked to smell the flowers instead, and his mother was always ok with whatever he wanted to do. Ferdinand, the gentle bull, ended up getting chosen to fight in a bull fight but just sat in the middle of the ring so they let him go. I did not really like the pictures in this book because they were a little different for me. Overall, I think the message of this story is very good, it is telling students to be themselves and not to be afraid to be who they want. ( )
  nhall002 | Dec 1, 2015 |
THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf is a story that gets children to understand that being different is not always a bad thing. The story starts out with a bull not wanting to fight and show off but rather wanting to lay in the sun and look at the flowers. Ferdinand is the biggest bull in the pen which is not a good thing in this situation. He is chosen to fight in a fight since he is the biggest looking bull. He ended up getting to the fight just to go sit in the corner of the rink and stare at the pretty flowers. This story is a good one to read to children because it shows that if you are happy doing what makes you happy, then you should do it. Ferdinand was happy sitting in the sunlight watching flowers blow in the wind unlike the other bulls. The illustrations for this book are hand drawn and only uses the colors red, white, and black. ( )
  SSamson0 | Nov 30, 2015 |
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 |
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Munro Leafprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leaf, Munromain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratorsecondary 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.

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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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