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The Story of Ferdinand [Paperback]

Munro Leaf
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31 Mar 2011
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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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044845694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448456942
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 20.5 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,901 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! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple and simply brilliant story 7 Mar 2006
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Of Ferdinand 8 Nov 2003
By A Customer
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic story with timeless lessons 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to grow up with 20 Dec 1997
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Smell the Flowers 23 Mar 1998
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A loving and wonderflly illustrated story. 5 Nov 1998
By A Customer
This is a favorite of my youth that I now love to share with my 4-year-old son.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Bulls and Men 23 May 2008
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, Timeless, Pacifism Message and More 14 Feb 2006
This is an enchanting and timeless tale, and is everything a children's book should be. The message is not simply one of peace and commitment to an ideal, but also one of basic karma, existentialist philosophy of choice and responsibility, and the need for all to follow the Golden Rule.
The Story of Ferdinand lets children know it is okay to stay true to their characters, and will encourage them to think their way out of situations, rather than muscle their way out. Ferdinand's peaceful and contented nature is something all human beings should all aspire to.
Having been stung by many bees in my youth, mainly while traipsing barefoot through clover and accidentally stepping on them, I have great sympathy for our hero and the situation he finds himself in. The realization that even small events and actions can have a tremendous impact on our lives, and everything else that surrounds us in this world, is beautifully presented in this story. How Ferdinand chooses to deal with his plight at being taken away to fight is, of course, the heart and significance of this tale. His choice of poetic action is a perfect lesson in morality and provides the lasting appeal for this book.
I recommend this classic for all ages and peoples, especially in our troubled times. It has a wonderful philosophy of life message; and even if readers choose not to apply the lesson to real life, the charming tale of Ferdinand is worth reading simply for its power to delight and entertain.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sweet little story that just hit the spot.
Published 22 days ago by jozee
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Published 1 month ago by C. PEART
3.0 out of 5 stars lovely story but maybe the parent enjoys it the most
This book makes a change from the usual popular stories ie spot, winnie the witch, gruffalo etc. I enjoyed the story but not really convinced my daughter did although she did... Read more
Published 1 month ago by amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bull that loved to smell flowers & wouldn't fight
A children's story to encourage people to have the courage to be different and true to themselves. Said to be Gandhi's favourite story, and to have been burnt under Hitler's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison M
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a unique bull in a 'bullish' material world
As a female, even at a young age I realised that the world, though beautiful and fascinating as could be, was also harsh and sad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ladyfilosopher
5.0 out of 5 stars review
friend was telling me about her favourite childhood book so i was very happy to be able to buy it for her
Published 4 months ago by hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Read this book when I was in primary school and now I'm reading it to my son. Beautiful classic !
Published 4 months ago by Ana-Maria Grigore
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite : )
Simple story, simple images, simply great : )

I'll be reading this to my grandson and hoping that he loves it too - how could he not! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and impossible!
My wife grew up on Ferdinand - you know how it goes, the child and asks for the favourite bedtime story ritual. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rhodri Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the black and white version?
I prefer the original with black and white illustrations. It was an especially poignant story without any colour in it, even with Ferdinand smelling all the flowers in the ladies'... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rasselas
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