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The Story of Ferdinand



Warmhearted, well-told tale will charm readers.

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Violence & scariness

Drawings of bulls fighting and a procession of bullfighters carrying the tools of their trade.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this warmhearted, well-told tale, supported by pen-and-ink illustrations that show Ferdinand's sweet personality, will charm readers.

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What's the story?

Ferdinand is a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight. Despite the urgings of an enthusiastic group of banderilleros and picadors, and a hopelessly vain matador, Ferdinand chooses serenity over fierceness. Munro Leaf's timeless story, coupled with Robert Lawson's expressive pen-and-ink drawings, have made Ferdinand a true classic.


Is it any good?


This is a delightful story about a sweetly mannered bull who prefers peace to fighting, and the scent of flowers over the smell of victory. Munro Leaf's unforgettable words and Robert Lawson's ability to reveal, with simple pen-and-ink strokes, Ferdinand's soft-heartedness make this story a classic. There's a reason it's been around for half a century.

One 5-year-old reader was disturbed when the bullfighters brandished darts, long spears, and a sword to stick Ferdinand and made him "mad and madder." But he quickly found a smile when Ferdinand dismissed the fight for his favorite pastime -- sniffing flowers displayed in the hairdos of the "lovely ladies." The story shows readers that they must choose their own path, despite what others may say or think.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bullfighting and pacifism. What is the appeal of bullfighting? How does Ferdinand deal with the matador?

Book details

Author:Munro Leaf
Illustrator:Robert Lawson
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Penguin Group
Publication date:January 1, 1936
Number of pages:68

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Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written byLaurie_Hapton13 October 29, 2010

This to to "Yo, I went poopin the the potty"

Umm yes, hi. My name is Laurie. I also happen to have a 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter...what I wanted to say was...well, i think you're a little to tough on them- They're just kids! They want to have fun, have the freedom to read and watch what they want. I'm not saying you should let them go crazy, but lighten up!!!
Adult Written bylibrarygal May 12, 2011

Age 5+

A classic story.
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Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written byLaurie_Hapton_1_3 December 5, 2010

Let us put an end to this now...

Oh my goodness! This is kind of out of control!!! I'm sorry for saying that stuff about you!! We are arguing over a book for heaven's sake! I think we should end this now...


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