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Beloved all over the world for its timeless message of peace, tolerance and the courage to be yourself, this is a true classic. Now an animated movie!

Once upon a time in Spain, there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand...

Unlike all the other little bulls - who run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights - Ferdinand would rather sit under his favourite cork tree and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the most ferocious star of the corrida - and the most unexpected kind of hero.Beloved all over the world for its timeless message of peace, tolerance and the courage to be yourself, this truly classic story has been enchanting readers since its release in 1936. Hitherto unpublished in the UK.

About the Author

Wilbur Monroe Leaf (aka Munro Leaf) (1905-1976) was an American author of children's literature who wrote and illustrated many books during his long career. His books were illustrated by a number of famous artists, including Ludwig Bemelmans, Robert Lawson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Robert Lawson (1892-1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts.

In addition to illustrating many children's books, including Mr. Popper's Penguins, Robert Lawson also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books for children. In 1940, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustrations in They Were Strong and Good and in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novel Rabbit Hill.


Classic story about a pacifist bull


This book was read regularly to me as a child, and so I purchased it again recently for my own child. I think the broad concept is great, though there are a couple of concepts which are of it's day & era. I just amend those as I read it & try not to dwell on the bull arena part of the story. I think there are concepts that younger children won't grasp, but that allows the parent reader to focus on the pacifist storyline. Overall, still a good story despite it's age.

Central Queensland, Australia


The Story of Ferdinand

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ISBN: 9780571335954
ISBN-10: 0571335950
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 25th October 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.9 x 25.9