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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GIVEAWAY! The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf! {CLOSED}

I am so excited to present a giveaway of one of my favorite childhood books! "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf. The winner will receive 1 new paperback reprint of this 1936 classic children's book. To read my review on this book, please scroll down or click HERE. :)

Giveaway is open to the US only. I'm not being compensated in any way for this review and giveaway. The book came out of my own pocket as will the shipping. So I am very sorry to those in other countries- I really wish I could afford the shipping! But I cannot so I must restrict this to residents of the US. Thank you for understanding.

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Giveaway entry starts now and lasts until (extended until Saturday, 10/31 at dark), when the winner will be randomly selected by random.org and posted here. I will try to email the winner but sometimes my email glitches so the safest way to find out in time if you've won is to check back here this weekend! The winner will have until dark on Monday night to respond to me with their mailing address before I chose a new winner.

Please understand I'm a mother of 2 toddlers and getting to the post office is about as daunting as going to the moon sometimes, so it may take a week or two for me to get the book in the mail after receiving the winner's mailing address. I will of course be aiming for the next day but please understand if it takes a bit longer.

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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!

You can purchase this book HERE or to enter to win it click HERE!

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