The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

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by Robert Lawson, Munro Leaf
     
 

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…  See more details below

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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
16,065
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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.
emeka More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has quickly become my four year-old son's favorite bedtime story. It is a beautiful story with engaging illustrations.