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The Story of Ferdinand (1936)

by Munro Leaf, Munro Leaf

Other authors: Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

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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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    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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A peaceful bull in Spain just wants to smell the flowers his field, but when a bee sting sends him running, men decide to bring him to a bullfight in Madrid...where he steadfastly refuses to fight, instead preferring to smell the flowers in the ladies' hats. Ferdinand is returned to his field. ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 1, 2021 |
A lovely story, beautifully illustrated, about a person who eschews violence in spite of both culture and social pressure, and how gentleness might be the very best thing of all. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
People, animals, and things are often judged by how they look or who they are. This happens to Ferdinand who doesn't like to play with the other bulls. He enjoys the simple things in life as he grows up. One day there was a mix up with a bee. When he ended up in a bull-fight, he was quite a disappointment. Ferdinand kept true to himself and still enjoys the simple things in life. ( )
  vetschlarson | Feb 8, 2021 |
THE STORY OF FERDINAND is my choice for the best kid's book ever!

It has all the elements of Love and Good and Kindness that we all need.

Perfectly illustrated. ( )
  m.belljackson | Nov 18, 2020 |
Shows no matter who you are or what you look like you can do and be anything you want.
  jaimiek | Oct 23, 2020 |
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Munro Leafprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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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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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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