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The Story of Ferdinand

Written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson
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A true classic with a timeless message!

All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights. Ferdinand, on the other hand, would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bullfights in Madrid?

The Story of Ferdinand has inspired, enchanted, and provoked readers ever since it was first published in 1936 for its message of nonviolence and pacifism. In WWII times, Adolf Hitler ordered the book burned in Nazi Germany, while Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, granted it privileged status as the only non-communist children’s book allowed in Poland.

The preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and civil rights, Mahatma Gandhi—whose nonviolent and pacifistic practices went on to inspire Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.—even called it his favorite book.

The story was adapted by Walt Disney into a short animated film entitled Ferdinand the Bull in 1938. Ferdinand the Bull won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).

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There’s a reason Ferdinand is a classic: it’s sweet, it has a good overall message, and it’s easy to read over and over again. Ferdinand the peaceful bull is such a lovable character! The black and white illustrations have a fun style that’s different than any other books on our shelf. My three-year-old daughter likes to read stories over FaceTime with her grandma who lives far away, and The Story of Ferdinand is almost always the first book she requests!

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What did Ferdinand do instead of fight in Madrid?
  1. sat down and took a nap
  2. sat down and smelled the flowers in the ladies' hair
  3. sat down and cried in fear
  4. sat down and drew in the dirt
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Publication Date:
August 1, 2017