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The Story of Ferdinand, Munro LeafThe Story of Ferdinand 1936 is the best known work written by American author Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson The children s book tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights He sits in the middle of the bull ring failing to take heed of any of the provocations of the matador and others to fight 2006 1383 72 9644454790 20 The mood and tone of this story are both spot on And even though Ferdinand is easy to love, and even though the beginning is cute and entrancing, overall, the story is just pretty okay.It s about a bull who doesn t want to fight like all the others, because he d rather just relax and smell flowers Can you blame him No But there s really not much to the story than that. Lovely, lovely book Sweet story plus bonus magical illustrations of romanticized Spain of yore to delight all.
I enjoyed this book on several levels a wonderful book about being yourself for children but also a subconscious commentary on fascist Spain a bull with a big heart picked to be slaughtered at the Blood Wedding of Franco and fed to his guests my interpretation. This is the story of Ferdinand a little bull who would rather sit and smell flowers than fight in the bullring This book truly is a gem While I had heard about this work before, this is the first time that I have read it and I absolutely love it Originally published in 1936, this work has been translated into than 60 languages and has rarely been out of print As this title is well known, I want to talk about its background Its a hefty one While Munro Leaf is an American author because of the timing, setting and main character, this work is thought to have a political agenda The book was published shortly before the Spanish Civil War Described by some as subversive with a pacifist view which challenged the facism that currenlty predominated Europe , Ferdinand was banned in many countries including Spain and Germany Hitler is quoted as describing the book as degenerate democratic propaganda Franco was not a fan of the book either the book was not available in Spain til after Franco s death Its no surprise that the book was loved by Ghandi and Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt, among other important figures When asked Munro denied any political ties saying its a happy ending book about being yourself In fact, it is alleged that this work was written in 40 minutes on a whim to be give Robert Lawson an opportunity to illustrate The illustrations are marvelous, by the way Whatever your personal take away from the book, its impossible to deny its impact Mine I just adore this gentle and kind bull and love the message of the book Its a sweet and charming work for people of all ages This is my final book for 2017 and it was a good one.P.S I an really looking forward to watching the animated movie version.15 01 18 EDIT Saw the movie this past weekend and absolutely loved it While there was a story added, it kept the essence of the book It is a perfect compliment to the original. Many of the kids books I ve been revisiting are filled with specific, vivid memories of my childhood that are almost narratives unto themselves Reading them transports me back to those probably apocryphal moments in my brain, leaving me full of a sort of joyful melancholy for things past and a hunger for of those memories, a desire to relive all those locked up personal stories, so I grab another book I have always loved and devour it looking for I didn t find those memories in The Story of Ferdinand, but I may have found something precious I found that this story, with its beautiful illustrations and its little bull turned big bull who just wants to live peacefully and smell his flowers, made me think about people I care about rather than remembering some synapsy tale of them.It made me think of my mother, Chris I always called her Chris, which drove my father crazy because of how disrespectful it was I thought of Chris and guessed that she probably read this book to me first And I thought of how every book I touch and word I write is her gift to me, for teaching me too read, then teaching me to challenge myself with books that were inappropriate, then sharing our reading when we were older It made me think of my cousin, Fred, who I called Ferdinand behind his back I thought of his moustache and 80s hair I thought of how we both had brutally abusive fathers, but have never talked about it, even now, so many years after escaping their fists It made me think of K.I Hope, and how the anger of her writing that wonderful, necessary, emotional, ethical rage would cringe at the other bulls, Ferdinand s friends and family, showing off in the hopes of travelling to Madrid to be slaughtered in the bullfights I thought of what a true friend she is and how unlikely it is to find a genuine friend on something like this social media platform, and how I have found so many.It made me think of Bront and Milo and Scoutie, and how much they love The Story of Ferdinand, and how Milo is always trying to mimic the light Spanish accent I use to read them the book aloud, and how Bront loves the art, and how Scoutie babbles the story back to me with her incomprehensible toddler language, punctuated by a Ferdie and or cow And it made me think of Munroe Leaf She and all the other authors I ve had a relationship over my life They have been my best friends And each book that I love it s a gift written by them just for me Thanks, Munroe I love you too. It could be said this has been on my TBR list since childhood I don t remember reading it then, and don t remember reading it to my daughter Although I ve known the story of the little bull with a gentle heart who turned into a big bull with a gentle heart for quite some time, I d never picked up a copy until now Lovely little story, which shook the world one might say.It was banned in Spain during the Spanish Civil War since it was seen as a pacifist book Oh, the horror It was banned in Nazi Germany by none other than Little Adolf for being degenerate democratic propaganda We better watch out, girls and boys, if The Trumpet ever learns to read How can you rate it less than 5 glorious stars when you know that it made Franco and Hitler shake in their tiny little boots, just at the thought of it And for what it s worth, it s a great little book for children too *Download Book ☛ The Story of Ferdinand ☠ A True Classic With A Timeless Message, The Story Of Ferdinand Has Enchanted Readers Since It Was First Published In All The Other Bulls Would Run And Jump And Butt Their Heads Together But Ferdinand Would Rather Sit And Smell The Flowers And He Does Just That, Until The Day A Bumblebee And Some Men From The Madrid Bullfights Give Gentle Ferdinand A Chance To Be The Most Ferocious Star Of The Corrida And The Most Unexpected Comic Hero This Cherished Hardcover Is Perfect For Those Who Love Ferdinand, And Those Who Have Yet To Meet Him I was always curious why my school library had multiple copies of The Story of Ferdinand Until now Upon scanning some of the other reviews I feel left out because Ferdinand was not part of my collection growing up I was blown away by the simple story of a gentle bull named Ferdinand, content with his life in the Spanish countryside When it is time to choose a strong and tough bull to fight in Madrid, Ferdinand does not care and would rather smell flowers under his favorite cork tree Ferdinand is stung by a bee and in his natural reaction of snorting and butting, he is mistaken by the city men as a suitable candidate for the bull fight and they take him away What will happen to Ferdinand when they reach the ring Will he turn into a rough and tough competitor as expected Or will he remain true to his mild, contemplative nature Published over 70 years ago, the straightforward significance of this story is clear Along with the rich and uncomplicated black and white drawings of Robert Lawson, Munro Leaf captures the essence of attaining happiness Stereotyped expectations can be avoided by remaining true to oneself Readers of all ages can identify with the notion that being different doesn t make it wrong Sometimes it s the small things in life that make us the most happy Ferdinand proves this true when he attains bliss by simply sitting and smelling the flowers. I had read it before but revisited it recently What I loved most this time is the controversy that swirled around the book I had no idea Lots of readers like this for the non violence, peace choosing theme, but that message doesn t seem accurate I like that Ferdinand chooses to do what he loves he doesn t judge,criticize nor disparage the other bulls who want to fight he just wants to smell flowers The stronger message for me is to find what makes you happy and do that regardless of what others society tells you.Ferdinand s mom doesn t receive a lot of press, which is too bad, as she should be a model for parents everywhere She worries about Ferdinand when he is young as he is always off by himself and she was concerned that he would be lonesome He explains to her that what he is doing is making him happy and she listens Wow Then the best line in the book as far as I m concerned is His mother saw that he was not lonesome, and because she was an understanding mother, even though she was a cow, she let him just sit there and be happy You go mom.Finally, once I really started looking at Robert Lawson s illustrations with lots of help from the internet I was blown away The historical timeframe of this book, published just as World War II is ramping up, also intrigued me That, in and of itself, was fascinating.A little book a lot of punch.