The Story of Ferdinand
What parents need to know
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.
What's the story?
Ferdinand is a bull who'd 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.
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.
Families can talk 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?