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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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    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 great story about not being afraid to be yourself. Ferdinand is a bull who does not fit the stereotypes associated with them. People try to change him, but with the support of his mom, he sticks to who he is. The illustrations are in black and white, but they are still very detailed and portray the emotions of the characters very well. ( )
  Kimberly.Barnes | Oct 18, 2016 |
I loved this story about Ferdinand the Bull. It provided an interesting story that had a good twist at the end. The reader might expect that Ferdinand would be forced to fight at the end of the story, but he stays true to his personality and remains calm. ( )
  HRegister95 | Sep 13, 2016 |
I think this is a cute spin on a fierce tough animal. This is a gentle and kind bull which is not the typical characteristics. ( )
  NaomiJohnston | Sep 12, 2016 |
Ferdinand is the story of an unlikely bull. Ferdinand, the bull, had always been peculiar; rather than playing, running, jumping, and bucking with all the other bulls in the meadow where he was raised, Ferdinand enjoyed sitting beneath his favorite cork tree and smelling the flowers. One day 5 men came to the meadow to collect the biggest, roughest, and toughest bull they could find for the bull fights in Madrid. Ferdinand, unlike the other bulls, had no interest in this, so he went to sit beneath his cork tree. While going to sit down he sat on a bee that stung him. It hurt Ferdinand so bad that he sprang up and began to buck, jump, run, etc. The 5 men took Ferdinand to the bull fights after seeing how crazy he could be. Ferdinand soon arrived in Madrid amongst a sea of anxious spectators. Despite the spectators wanting to see a bull fight, Ferdinand walked to the center of the arena and sat down. The crowd was displeased, so Ferdinand was taken back to his home where he lived happily ever after under his cork tree. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of many reasons. First reason being that Ferdinand is a timeless classic; having been published in 1936 it has been a part of my generation, my parent’ s generation, and my grandparent’s generation. 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. Comforting and gentle in the sense that Ferdinand is seen majority of the time as a relaxed bull who isn’t pressured into the societal flow of things. 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.” I consider Ferdinand relatable as well because he is depicted as “the black sheep” so to say- this is a common feeling that students in the classroom have more than likely experienced themselves. Thirdly, the plot of the book takes place in Madrid, Spain, making it ideal for a culture centered lesson. The story gives descriptions and illustrations of Madrid streets decorated in a celebratory fashion for the bull fight. The people and the atmosphere 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 big idea of the story is that we are to be the person that makes us happy, not the person that makes society happy. ( )
  NathanielWhiteley | Sep 6, 2016 |
GL: 4.1
DRA: 18
Lexile: 710L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 2, 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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