The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf
Illustrator Robert Lawson

Puffin | January 1, 1977 | Picture Books

The Story of Ferdinand is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 6.
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).

Format: Picture Books

Published: January 1, 1977

Publisher: Puffin

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140502343

ISBN - 13: 9780140502343

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An inspiring tale of confidence. Ferdinand is a bull who doesn't want to fight in the bull fights of Madrid with all the other bulls. He enjoys the peace and quiet of his pasture where he can smell the flowers under the cork tree. This tale tells how one individuale is not persuaded by peer pressure and inspires confidence in others to do what feels good to them.
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Classic Ferdinand, written on a rainy afternoon in the 1930s went on to become a bestseller, a disney short, and one of Ghandi's favourite books. The little bull who would rather sit and smell the flowers than run around aimlessly, fighting and butting heads will be beloved by any family.
Date published: 2008-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A family tradition... THis story has been read in my family since it first came out, and will continue to do so... My grandma read it when she was younger, my father read it, and then it was read to me. Very few children's stories have had the long-lasting impact of this one, and I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ferdinand I read this book as a child, one of my very first. He goes his own way no matter what anyone else does to him and that is what I want for myself and my children.
Date published: 2002-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toro! Toro! Both my brother and I used to sit contently and listen to our mother read the story of Ferdinand and while admiring the beautifully detailed illustrations. This story has remained so memorable, as here all these years later, I am longing to share it with a child in my life. Ferdinand imparts the sensitive decision of avoiding violence and doing what is right for you, regardless of the crowd pressure and opinion. Wonderful lesson for children in this day and age.
Date published: 2000-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Story of Ferdinand Ferdinand the Bull is one of those characters that never goes away. Although written in the 1930s, this classic story still has the same appeal. Ferdinand is a large, fierce looking bull who only wants to sit under his tree and smell the flowers. Through a minor mistake he is taken to the bull fighting ring and sadly disappoints everyone. The message that it's okay to be yourself is very clear, and I would recommend this title to adults as well as kids.
Date published: 1999-06-17

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The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf
Illustrator Robert Lawson

Format: Picture Books

Published: January 1, 1977

Publisher: Puffin

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140502343

ISBN - 13: 9780140502343

From the Publisher

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).

About the Author

Wilbur Monroe Leaf (aka Munro Leaf) (1905–1976) was an American author of children''s literature who wrote and illustrated many books during his long career. His books were illustrated by a number of famous artists, including  Ludwig Bemelmans, Robert Lawson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). He is best known for The Story of Ferdinand (1936).
 
Robert Lawson (1892–1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. His favorite medium, pen and ink, is used expressively and with detail in his black and white illustrations in The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf). In addition to illustrating many children''s books, including Mr. Popper''s Penguins, Robert Lawson also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books for children. In 1940, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustrations in They Were Strong and Good and in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novel Rabbit Hill.

From Our Editors

Published over 50 years ago, The Story of Ferdinand is one of the bestselling children's books of all time, and the bull who preferred sitting under the cork tree and smelling flowers to fighting has become a hero to generations of children

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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