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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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This is a wonderful he was brand fierce animal and that was far from the truth he rather be with the pastured brilliant ( )
  CeciliaCoreas | Dec 2, 2016 |
This story tells us about a bull who would rather stop and smell the flowers then be in a bull fight. Fighting doesn't make you the best. ( )
  Olivia.Morris | Nov 9, 2016 |
Ferdinand the friendly bull just wants to lay under his tree and spend his days relaxing and calm, but in a silly turn of events he ends up in the center of a bull fighting ring and returns to his original ways. I love how innocent sweet Ferdinand is and how this teaches children that it is better not to fight, but to simply go about your own business. ( )
  TaylorDarnell | Nov 7, 2016 |
An activity for this book would be an 'All about me flag". Students can draw and write about things that make them unique.
  Kendralpayne | Oct 27, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book for a few different reasons. Firstly, Ferdinand is a timeless classic; having been published in 1936 it has been a part of many generations. Secondly, Ferdinand is a character who is comforting, relatable, and gentle. He is the focal point of the story, and because of these characteristics I find him and his story welcoming to young readers. It is comforting and gentle in the sense that Ferdinand is seen majority as a relaxed bull the majority of the time who doesn’t feel the need to act like the other bulls. While the other bulls are off fighting one another to become the best bull for the Madrid bull fights, Ferdinand is said to “sit quietly and smell the flowers.” What I like most about Ferdinand is the fact that he is an outsider, a black sheep so to speak. This is a common feeling in classrooms that some students have experienced themselves. Thirdly, the plot of the book takes place in Madrid, Spain, making it culturally diverse. The story gives descriptions and illustrations of Madrid streets decorated in a celebratory fashion for the bull fight. The people/setting of Madrid are described to the reader; at one point the story reads “What a day it was! Flags were flying, bands were playing… and all the lovely ladies had flowers in their hair.” In addition, the story uses authentic language native to the location of the story (Spanish). One passage of the story gives a sequential order of the men who enter the arena, calling them “Banderilleros,” “Picadores,” and “Matatdor.” The main message of the book is that being who you truly are is what will make you the happiest. ( )
  kslack3 | Oct 26, 2016 |
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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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