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What else can be said about the fabulous Ferdinand? Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children's books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations. Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree-- just smelling the flowers--to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. This cow is no coward--he simply has his pacifist priorities clear. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he meets with the wrong end of a bee. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree (due to a frightful sting), is the selfsame day that five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid.
Ferdinand's day in the arena gives readers not only an education in the historical tradition of bullfighting, but also a lesson in nonviolent tranquility. Robert Lawson's black-and-white drawings are evocative and detailed, with especially sweet renditions of Ferdinand, the serene bull hero. The Story of Ferdinand closes with one of the happiest endings in the history of happy endings--readers of all ages will drift off to a peaceful sleep, dreaming of sweet-smelling flowers and contented cows. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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).
A wonderful memory from my childhood still being enjoyed by children many years later!!Published 14 minutes ago by Debbie
I enjoy this book and so does my 4 year old. It's a great story.Published 2 days ago by Adriana Fortanelli
Another childhood favorite I had to order to share with my kids. Just as good as I remembered. :)Published 3 days ago by littlespender
It's a cute story about being yourself to be happy and not letting people's expectations change who you are. I bought it because it is mentioned in Blindside.Published 4 days ago by Brenda Harting
This is one of my favorite books from childhood. Ferdinand the bull is big and strong so everyone wants him to fight, but he would prefer to smell the roses. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sara Triceratops
Sweet story with a sweet message, can't pass up having this for a 5-8 year oldPublished 9 days ago by Amazonlapb