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The Story of Ferdinand
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What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about bullfighting. What's its appeal? How does Ferdinand deal with the matador?
Why do you think The Story of Ferdinand is considered a classic? Why do you think kids have loved it for generations?
Can you be a strong person even if you don't fight or act tough?
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