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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.
My family just loves this story and the book, though used was in excellent condition!Published 16 hours ago by Nickie Bell
Some reviewers get stuck on the bull-fighting aspect, but every year I read it to students (Kindergarteners and 1st graders) who know nothing about bull fighting as "murder of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Barbara Fornaca
One of my kids' favorite stories, Ferdinand will delight and spark the imagination, and will be read again and again. I love books like that!Published 2 days ago by A. Randall
What a classic book this is! My 2 year old granddaughter received her copy through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and when I saw it I was so excited! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rosa Cline
One of my favorite books ever. Bought for my babyʻs library. Sheʻs young for it, but likes to look at the black and white illustrations.Published 5 days ago by K.S.
I read this to my granddaughter and she was fascinated and loved the illustrations.Published 7 days ago by Kenneth Keys