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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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    Le Droit à la paresse 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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GL: 4.1
DRA: 18
Lexile: 710L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 2, 2016 |
it doesn't get any better than this. whether your five or 105, you'll love this little gem. ( )
  Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
The story of a bull who enjoys sitting and smelling the flowers, rather than butting heads with the other bulls in hopes of someday being chosen for the bullfights in Madrid. Ferdinand grows into a strong bull, and although retains his gentle nature, he is mistaken for a fierce bull when scouts looking for bulls for the fights see him go into a rage after being stung by a bee. They take him fight in the bullfights, but everyone is surprised at Ferdinand's actions when he gets into the ring.
  JBaillargeon | Jul 17, 2016 |
Munro Leaf writes about a big, strong bull named Ferdinand who enjoys lying down and smelling flowers. All of the other bulls his age spend their time butting heads in hopes of being chosen to participate in the bullfights in Madrid. When the men come to choose a bull to participate in the fights, they choose Ferdinand due to his reaction to a bee sting. When Ferdinand is in the bullfighting ring, all he does is sat down and smelled all of the flowers that the women in the crowd were wearing in their hair. The bullfighting men were not pleased, so the sent Ferdinand home. I think this is an enjoyable book, but I was not a fan of the illustrations. They are all plain black and white drawings. ( )
  cedoyle | Apr 25, 2016 |
This book tells the story of a young bull named Ferdinand. He lived in a pasture with other young bulls, but while they liked to run and buck all day Ferdinand would rather sit under a tree and smell flowers. One day five men come to take the meanest bulls to fight. A bee stings Ferdinand and he starts bucking worse than any of the other bulls. The men take Ferdinand away, but they become angry when he refuses to fight. This books shows kids that they do not have to conform to the stereotypical norms that are created.
The illustrations are some what vague and not very colorful compared to typical children's books. ( )
  jproc55 | Jan 27, 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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