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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review: "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf

Review of Children's Book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf.

I RATE IT: A beloved childhood favorite! 5/5!
GENRE: Children's
SUB-GENRE: Classic from 1936
TITLE: The Story of Ferdinand
AUTHOR: Munro Leaf
ILLUSTRATOR: Robert Lawson
PUBLISHER: Picture Puffin (Penguin)
ISBN: 9780140502343 (0140502343)
PRICE: $7.99(US), $9.00(CAN)
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: "Published over 50 years ago, The Story of Ferdinand is one of the bestselling children's books of all time, and the bull who preferred sitting under the cork tree and smelling flowers to fighting has become a hero to generations of children."

MY REVIEW: I remember my Nana reading me a tattered old copy of this book 20 years ago when I was a child, and she probably read this 1936 classic to my mom and her 3 older siblings when they were children! I loved the unique detailed line drawing illustrations and the fun story.

My favorite parts were where Ferdinand sat on a bee and went crazy, so the scouts mistook him for a wild fighting bull, then later he just sat in the arena smelling the flowers instead of trying to fight which made the matador so mad he cried because he could not show off. Lol! It does talk in one place about sticking the bull to make him mad enough to fight, and the bulls stick each other with thier horns in play- you see funny little bandaids on them as they are huddled around the bullfight poster dreaming of being the rowdiest so they would be chosen to fight.

That is not really something that I dwelt on or noticed as a child. I just took it in stride that that is how it was back then and Ferdinand was not harmed and lived happily ever after in the end so I was not disturbed by it. You know your child and if they are too sensitive for that. The overal moral of the story seems to be peace and nonviolence as our hero, Ferdinand, "wouldn't fight and be fierce no matter what they did" and therefore was taken home to live happily ever after smelling flowers under his favorite tree.

This is a treasured classic that I'm thrilled to now own for my own children!

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1 comment:

Abby said...

Okay, this is interesting. I have seen this story on tv yet never knew the actual name of it. Nor that it was originally a book!

Very cool! I thought it was a sweet story too.

Thanks for bringing this up!

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