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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
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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
Rating:****
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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    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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Summary of book: This book is about Ferdinand the Bull. He is a little bull from Spain whose favorite thing to do is sit under a tree and smell the flowers. When a bull fighter tried to fight him, he just sat and smelled flowers. He wasn't like other bulls, but his mother loved him just the same.

Personal reaction: I love this book. My mother use to read it to me as a child and then she showed me the Disney cartoon for it and I fell even more in love with it. I like that even though he was different, his mother always told him that she loved him.

Extension Ideas:
1. I would have the children create their own tale about an animal that does something out of character.
2. I would have the children help me make a large bull to paste on our wall, and have them each make their own flower for Ferdinand to sell. ( )
  Gizellecardiel | Jul 10, 2014 |
A favorite from my childhood, and an enduring story for every child. Ferdinand shows that it's okay to be different, to not want to fight, and to take it slow and smell the flowers. ( )
  sturlington | Jun 27, 2014 |
Ferdinand is a bull who is not like the other bulls. All the other bulls like to fight and knock heads, but not Ferdinand. He has a sweetheart and stands up for himself even when put under pressure. This timeless classic is heartwarming. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 5, 2014 |
Ferdinand is a classic, written almost 80 years ago now. I like the writing, but I would personally enjoy the pictures much more if there was color.

Writing ideas:
- Is there something about you that is different from everyone else? Do you like this difference? Why or why not?
- How did Ferdinand respond when everyone was mad at him for not doing what they expected?
- When is it okay to be different? When is it not okay?
- How could this same story be rewritten with a different animal? ( )
  BrianEJanssen | Apr 27, 2014 |
This book is so cute and gives a great message to kids! Love it! ( )
  EmilySansovich | Apr 27, 2014 |
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Munro Leafprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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