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A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published inAll 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 The Story of Ferdinand

About the Author: Munro Leaf

Munro Leaf, author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books, is best remembered for his signature character, Ferdinand, the Spanish bull who preferred smelling flowers to fighting in a ring in Spain Composed in less than an hour one Sunday afternoon in 1935, the book sparked controversy With the Spanish Civil War raging, political critics charged that it was a satirical attack on aggression

10 thoughts on “The Story of Ferdinand

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    I'm not an impartial judge of this book.

    I'm assuming all of you know the story. It's about a bull that doesn't want to bullfight like the other bulls. He just wants to sit and smell flowers in the field.

    My mom used to read it to me when I was a kid. She used to call me her little Ferdinand, because all the other little boys wanted to run around and roughhouse. And I didn't. I just wanted to sit and read and think.

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
    The 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.

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  3. da AL da AL says:

    Lovely, lovely book. Sweet story -- plus bonus magical illustrations of romanticized Spain of yore to delight all.

  4. Brian Yahn Brian Yahn says:

    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 more to the story than that.

  5. Jon Nakapalau Jon Nakapalau says:

    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.

  6. Brad Brad says:

    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 more 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 more.

  7. Stephanie Anze Stephanie Anze says:

    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

  8. Julie Julie says:

    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 pac

  9. Kandace Kandace says:

    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

  10. Krista Stevens Krista Stevens says:

    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 tha

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