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The Story of Ferdinand
     

The Story of Ferdinand

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by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
 

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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful—and—beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand<

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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful—and—beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book's original publication with this beautiful and affordable 8x8 paperback edition.

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Barnes & Noble Staff
Ferdinand, peaceful bull who loves to sit and smell flowers, is mistakenly carted off to a bullfight in Madrid, where he is believed to be the fiercest bull around. Ferdinand trots into the ring, only to sit and smell the flowers in the ladies hair. No matter what the frustrated matador and his helpers do, they cannot get Ferdinand to fight. Lawson's memorable black-and-white pictures speak volumes in this childhood classic.
Children's Literature
First published in 1936, this reissue has been updated by adding watercolors to its previously black-and-white illustrations. Set in Spain, it is about a young bull named Ferdinand. All bulls in Spain aspire to one day fight in the ring with a matador. But not Ferdinand. All day long the young bulls play at fighting in hopes that one day they will be strong enough to be chosen for the bullfights. But Ferdinand prefers to quietly sit in the pasture and enjoy his surroundings. When the bulls all mature, they long to be selected for the bullring...all but Ferdinand. As the other bulls prance and preen, hoping to be selected, Ferdinand ignores the commotion. Suddenly, Ferdinand is stung by a bumblebee. He bellows and dances around like crazy. The matadors are so impressed with his machismo they select him as the strongest bull. He is praised all around for his power, until the day of the bullfight. Poor Ferdinand just sits there. The matadors prod and coax with no luck. Ferdinand is not interested in fighting. Ferdinand is returned to his pasture to live out his life in solitude. This traditional tale is a joy to revisit, as a bit of Spanish culture is shared. It is also a nice lesson for youngsters¾it is not necessary to following the crowd. One in a series of "Reading Railroad Books". 2000 (orig. 1936), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.49. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448456942
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,249
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Wilbur Monroe Leaf (aka Munro Leaf) (1905–1976) is an American author of children's literature who wrote and illustrated many books during his long career. His books were illustrated by a number of famous artists, including  Ludwig Bemelmans, Robert Lawson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). He is best known for The Story of Ferdinand (1936).

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The Story of Ferdinand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and loved this book as a child and remembered that the illustrations were enchanting. Decided to purchase it as an adult in case any kids come over, and realized I love it as much as years ago. The illustrations are wonderful and entertaining, and everyone can love the mild mannered, flower sniffing Ferdinand.
mw52007 More than 1 year ago
Both of my boys, ages 5 and 3, loved this story!
Solrac More than 1 year ago
What can I say but a classic must have book. Brings back happy childhood memories and my nephews love it as well.
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SRHill More than 1 year ago
My 4-year-old nephew is obsessed with all things dinosaur and wolf--and I grew a little tired of reading the age-old classics to him. There are, after all, only so many ways of reading the Three Little Pigs. So I introduced him to Ferdinand, and as expected, he loved it! Leaf so magically captures this little snapshot of Spanish culture that, in my opinion, Disney only got partially right. This one is a delight from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite children's books. A great book to show kids that it is ok to be different and ok to be something unexpected. A classic!!!
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StrangeOddAuthor More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this story.  And I think I know why I felt so odd growing up.  I'm like Ferdinand the bull :-)
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AutumnH More than 1 year ago
My girls love this book about being yourself. It's a classic
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Book_Dreams More than 1 year ago
I had this book as a child and loved it. It is almost impossible not to love Ferdinand. I purchased it for my son and he loved it, too. Now my grandson has a copy and needless to say there is another generation that has fallen in love with Ferdinand. It is a great book for young and young at heart.
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