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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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The Story of Ferdinand is a classic for both its story and its illustrations. The book begins by showing the peaceful nature of Ferdinand the bull compared to his other counterparts. While the other bulls spend their days in a constant rage and budding heads, Ferdinand quietly sits under his favorite tree smelling flowers. One day, Ferdinand is stung by a bee and appears to be the biggest and meanest bull in the yard so he is taken to Spain to fight. When he arrives in the arena, the crowd and fighters are disappointed by his mellow and peaceful nature so Ferdinand is sent back to his farm where he is able to sit under his tree and smell his flowers in peace. It is amazing, but understandable, how this story has been around for so long and is enjoyed by both adults and children. The story and drawings are simple, entertaining, and humorous all at the same time. Not only is it a fun read, but it also can help teachers teach students about the traditional practice of bullfighting and introduce a different culture to them. This book is also amazing because it teaches the reader the benefit to not engaging in violence and the power of tranquility.
  laineyh | Mar 15, 2015 |
Such a great book! A timeless story of pacifism and the simple beauties of life, Ferdinand is a great book to teach children that being different is okay, in fact it is great. ( )
  RachelBowers | Mar 3, 2015 |
The Story of Ferdinand is a wonderful book that captures the essence of obtaining happiness in ones life. Ferdinand wasn't like the other bulls, he enjoyed the simplicity in life. Ferdinand loved to sit and smell the flowers while the other bulls were butting heads and jumping around. Though the illustrations are in black and white they depict the true meaning of the story. Through the illustrations you can see when Ferdinand is himself and is happy and you can see when he feels uncomfortable and unhappy. Ferdinand is the well developed main character in the story, you truly know who he is. The book pushes the readers to think about what makes them happy, even if it makes you different it's okay as long as you have happiness in your life. ( )
  cwierz2 | Mar 2, 2015 |
I was introduced to this book 2 years ago when the movie the Blindside came out. I love the message of the story, which was to always be you, even if you are unique. The main character in this story is a large bull, who is expected to fight the matadors in the ring. When he is sold and taken to the ring he doesn't go after the matadors. He sits in the middle of the ring, and holds the flowers that had fallen off of one the the matadors. He is a gentle bull and because of this, he is sent back to the pastures to relax and enjoy life. I really liked the illustrations in this book. They were more of a sketch type then a printed animated picture. The facial expressions on Ferdinand are what makes the book more interesting. There was really only one character that was talked about so that also makes this story easy to follow. ( )
  tbarne9 | Feb 26, 2015 |
I absolutely loved this book. I will be able to use this book to teach the importance of being gentle. This book is a fantasy book. This book was beautifully illustrated. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Jan 27, 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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