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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 has always been one of my most fave books as a kid. The story is simple to read and easy for a beginning reader although they may need some help with the Spanish bull fighter terminology.

The pictures are black and white but very detailed. You can actually feel that you are looking into a pasture or an arena to see what it is like without actually being there.

The message is a wonderful message of just being yourself even when others wish you to be what you aren't. My main problem with this book is of course the whole bull fighting history but I am not going to allow that ruin this sweet book. ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 26, 2015 |
The story of ferdinand is one of serenity and how this one calm bull gets picked to find the matadors and he doesn't want to so he gets taken home. ( )
  lbradf4 | May 12, 2015 |
Summary: Oh Ferdinand! He is not like any of the other bulls, but that is how he likes it. He enjoys the shade tree and smelling flowers. Until one bee sting sends him into a rage! At quite the wrong moment as Ferdinand is then mistaken for a fierce fighting bull. Even in the ring, he never strays from his true self.

Personal Reaction: This story reminds me of playing t-ball, where I would often find myself drawing in the dirt or watching the butterflies. No matter how intense the game got, if I was on defense, I was on butterfly patrol. I feel this story is very relatable and fun.

Classroom Extension: This story talks an awful lot about smelling the flowers. Given good weather, this could extend to a great nature day. Students could wrap up their experience by describing their senses.
  KaitlynBlevins | May 5, 2015 |
Grades K-2. In this timeless story we focus on Ferdinand the bull and his journey through life. We take note of the quirky little bull who loves being alone and despite the odds remains true to himself. This book can be used a learning lesson on the importance of who we are and the effects, no matter how small, we can have on people.
  Gamino | Apr 29, 2015 |
The Story of Ferdinand follows a little bull until he in grown up. Ferdinand was not like other bulls, he enjoyed sitting under a cork tree and smelling flowers. Ferdinand didn't want to fight like the other bulls, so when the men came to find the toughest, strongest bull, Ferdinand went and sat under his tree. Ferdinand accidentally sat on a bee that stung him and he started jumping and bucking everywhere. The men saw him and thought that he would be the best bull to take to the fight. When Ferdinand was put into the ring, he simply sat down and watched his surroundings. Ferdinand never changed who he was for anyone, he was always himself. This story shows that it is ok to be yourself and you don't need to change who you are for anyone else. You should always do what makes you happy and never compromise. Each student could write down what makes them happy and why, and then draw a picture. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 25, 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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