The Story of Ferdinand

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A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when our pacifist hero is picked for the bullfights in Madrid? This new edition contains the complete original text of the story and the original illustrations with watercolor tones added.

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Overview

A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when our pacifist hero is picked for the bullfights in Madrid? This new edition contains the complete original text of the story and the original illustrations with watercolor tones added.

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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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670674244
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1936
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 34,037
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson have collectively written and illustrated more than 40 acclaimed children's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Story of Ferdinand

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Great Book!

    Both of my boys, ages 5 and 3, loved this story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    CLASSIC!

    What can I say but a classic must have book. Brings back happy childhood memories and my nephews love it as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    Highly Entertaining!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    One of my all time favorite children's books. A great book to sh

    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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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    highly recommended

    whosoever has not read the story of Ferdinand the Bull to his children of grandchildren is doing them a grave diservice. I was read Ferdinand as a youngster and its lesson has always remained unforgetable . I still return to it again and again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    The story of Ferdinand is a great story that has lasted through

    The story of Ferdinand is a great story that has lasted through the ages. Generations of folks have grown up with this book and its still a favorite. Ferdinand is different from all the other bulls, he does not like to do all the same things. He is very peaceful with the world around him and enjoys it. this can teach children to like their own things and not follow the crowd, to be happy with who they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    This has quickly become my four year-old son's favorite bedtime

    This has quickly become my four year-old son's favorite bedtime story. It is a beautiful story with engaging illustrations.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I loved, loved, loved this story.  And I think I know why I felt

    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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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Wonderful Story

    My girls love this book about being yourself. It's a classic

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    A Family Favorite

    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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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    This story is being passed on to another generation

    I use to read this book to my oldest daughter. Much to my surprise, she asked me to get this book for her. I was happy to get this book for my soon to arrive granddaughter! I hope she will love this book as much as her mom did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    So glad I bought this book!

    I'm so glad I bought this book! There is a reference made on this book in the movie "The Blind Side" and I didn't recognize the title so I went to get it at our local B&N. It was not in stock and so I ordered it (which is something I never do). I am so glad I did; this book is adorable. There is such a wonderful lesson for kids and for everyone really in this story about being yourself and being happy. Buy this book for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, teacher...it's sure to be a keeper to add to anyone's favorite book rack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    The Story of Ferdinand

    A childhood favorite of mine, we've continued the tradition and read this nightly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Unfortunately, not what I'd hoped

    I purchased the above prior to taking my grandchildren to a performance of "Ferdinand" at our local Children's Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center.
    The story and the illustrations we the original and portrayed the people in the old stereotype of "lazy, smoking Mexicans with barely any socially redeeming qualities.
    I did not read it to them nor did I share the illustations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Too graphic

    This book was mentioned in the movie Blindside. I thought it would be a great classic book for my 4 year old grandson. When I received the book, I read it and thought the description of the bullfight was way to graphic for a 4 year old so I decided not to give it to him. The good part was that I took it to the Barnes and Noble store where I shop and they let me return it there instead of sending it back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Ferdinand feels OK in his own skin

    Ferdinand is a bull who feels great in his own skin. He enjoys just daydreaming and smelling the flowers. He does not fight like the other bulls. His mother is OK with that and so is Ferdinand. This is a great story for children who may need to know it's OK to be different. It's just a great story in general, my son loves it.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    A GREAT CHILDREN'S STORY

    The Story of Ferdinand is one of the great children's stories. It not only shows that being peaceful is good, but that you can be peaceful and strong at the same time. Very charming as well as thought-provoking.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Hole' Toro!

    Excellent storyline for children. And grownups also, I don't mind saying. Adults also need to know about turning the other cheek!!!

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    An all-time favorite

    This book is so terrific on so many levels from the illustrations, especially the cork tree, to the philosophy. The book celebrates being different and being non-violent, and there is also praise for an understanding mother. Best of all, even really little kids love it. The book has a wonderful rhythm when read out loud.

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