A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduces bullfighting, bullfighters' tools of their trade. Could spark a discussion of the pros and cons of bullfighting.
Choose your own path, despite what others may say or think. Respect others for who they are, and don't try to make them something they're not. Not everyone cares about acting tough and fighting. You can walk away from a fight. Being peaceful is a good thing.
Positive Role Models
Ferdinand is comfortable being someone not interested in fighting. He dismisses the fight for his favorite pastime: sniffing flowers displayed in the hairdos of the "lovely ladies."
Violence & Scariness
Illustrations show bulls fighting and a procession of bullfighters carrying the tools of their trade. The bullfighters brandish darts, long spears, and a sword to stick Ferdinand.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Story of Ferdinand is a warmhearted, charming story of a bull who prefers smelling flowers to fighting. Munro Leaf's gentle, timeless tale, coupled with Robert Lawson's expressive pen-and-ink drawings showing Ferdinand's sweet personality, have made Ferdinand a true classic. It's also available as a board book, and an animated feature film adaptation is slated for theatrical release in December 2017.
Is It Any Good?
This is a delightful story about a sweetly mannered bull who prefers peace to fighting, and the scent of flowers to the smell of victory. Munro Leaf's unforgettable words and Robert Lawson's simple pen-and-ink illustrations that show Ferdinand's soft-heartedness make this a true classic. The story shows readers that they must choose their own path, despite what others may say or think.
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