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The Story of Ferdinand (1936)

by 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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Banned in Nazi Germany and Francoist Spain for being pro-pacifist critique of fascism. In Germany, Hitler demanded the book burned, but after the end of World War II, 30,000 copies were distributed through Germany.
  LMariaHG | Jul 17, 2022 |
The adorable story of a bull who is kind and gentle and sweet, and not what others expect him to be. I have loved this story since I was a child myself. ( )
  ChelseaVK | Dec 10, 2021 |
Ferdinand the bull is brought to the fighting ring, but all he wants to do is smell the flowers.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 5, 2021 |
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 |
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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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There is 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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