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The Story of Ferdinand (Reading Railroad Books) Paperback – Oct 2000


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448421909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448421902
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 0.2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Munro Leaf (1905-1976) was the author of several books for children. Robert Lawson (1892-1957) won the 1941 Caldecott Medal for They Were Strong and Good!

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Once upon a time in Spain there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand. Read the first page
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peacock Wings on 7 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
Ferdinand is a bull unlike the others. He does not playfight; instead he sits beneath a cork tree and smells the flowers. As he grows into a huge muscular bull, his passions do not alter. When men come from Madrid to find the wildest bull, Ferdinand goes to sit beneath the tree again, while all other bulls try to prove that they are the fiercest. Unfortunately Ferdinand is stung by a bee and his antics convince the men he’s the perfect bull. So they take him to Madrid. If you want to know what happens then, you'll have to read the book.
This is a very straightforward and simple story of a gentle giant, but it is told (accompanied by the pictures) in a very funny way. There are no ‘frills’ or modern twists or turns to it. Ferdinand only does what he wants and wins out that way, also by being calm and not letting anybody distract him.
The illustrations add detail, in particular comic detail. For example it is only through the illustrations that the reader gets an idea of how Ferdinand rampages after being stung by the bee. Without them the story and the book would not be as memorable and funny as it is. The drawings –in their detail - also capture the spirit of Spain very well.
The story is about being yourself and finding your way and not letting others put you off. It also makes a case for sticking to your guns when unexpectedly in a situation you don’t want to be in.
A classic and must for everyone.
Go find a cork tree!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I am so happy to see that this book has been reissued. I have a first edition copy, which I have been reading to my children, but it will be lovely for them to have a copy of their own. It is one of my favourite books from childhood. How can anyone not love a book which contains the line; 'Sometimes his mother, who was a cow, worried about him.'?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
When I was a little girl, I would request this book constantly. I never got sick of the story, and it has a valuable lesson of compassion, that just sinks in. I would reccomend it for any child.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 1997
Format: Hardcover
I grew up reading this book over and over. Now my children are old enough to enjoy this heartwarming story that reinforces the importance of individuality. Basically, it showed me that it's ok to be different some times. I still read it when I feel life is like being in a bull ring and everyone is out to get me. It helps me find the tranquility within.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Stahly on 23 May 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This children's picture book has stayed with us for 20 years now since it was given to our daughter by her grandma.
Somehow it seems like a small jewel in book form - so simple in its story, words and drawings it delivers a simple message to " be as you are!" And not to succumb to "what people say or think or what is "right" in the public eye...or what your peer group tries to indoctrinate - a valid thought to contemplate on.....This book is timeless....a real classic and a lovely 5 minute meditation also for adults! It always makes me smile when I read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar. 1998
Format: Hardcover
A lasting story. I now find myself describing my contemplative one year old..."he'd rather just sit and smell the flowers".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a favorite of my youth that I now love to share with my 4-year-old son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is one of a few books I've been desperate to share with my own son. One that brings back many happy childhood memories of my own, of bedtime stories, grandparent visits, those beautiful black and white drawings.

An absolute classic. A gentle hero, taken from his idllyic home to fight matadors but who refuses. Ferdinand merely wants to smell the flowers. His Spanish home however tries to make him into a fighter.

My son needed the concept of bullfighting and matadors explaining but he seemed to enjoy the tale. I loved reliving it with him.

The text is simple and easily manageable by a three-year-old. The ink drawings are quite detailed and show the size of thing s remarkably well (arenas, bees).

A tale that will never be irrelevant - fighting is not the answer, you can't change someone's nature, we must seek what makes us happy.

Worth adding to your child's library.
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