The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
The Story of Ferdinand has won the hearts of generations of children and adults since it was published more than 50 years ago. It is one of the best selling books of all time and continues to enchant young and old to this day.
Ferdinand is a big, gentle bull who loves to sit under a cork tree and smell the flowers. Other bulls spend their days fighting one another and dreaming of going into the bullring - but not Ferdinand. He resists the peer pressure and remains true to himself.
Ironically, though, it's Ferdinand the men choose for the bullfights in Madrid. Their mistake is understandable: the day they come looking for the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull", Ferdinand gets stung by a bee - and does what bulls naturally do when they're stung.
Ferdinand goes into the bullring - but he refuses to fight. He sits down and smells the flowers in the ladies' hair. So he gets sent home, and the story ends happily for him.
This story holds an important message for our violence-striken world today: the value of peace and contentment, and how the quiet strength of peacelovers will eventually prevail over the aggressors. It also encourages readers to be themselves.
This is one of the best books to get if you're looking for meaningful bedtime stories for kids, or funny stories that impart good values.
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