The delightful story of Ferdinand—the bull who loved to sit and smell the flowers. Enjoy this gentle animal's adventure as he is picked over all the other bulls, and taken to the bull fights in Madrid. Wonderful pen and ink drawings!
The Story of Ferdinand is Munro Leaf's most famous work (1936), a children's classic which he wrote for his friend (illustrator Robert Lawson) on a yellow legal-length pad in less than an hour. Labeled as subversive, it stirred an international controversy. The story, which follows a gentle bull in rural Spain who prefers smelling flowers to bullfighting, sparked considerable controversy because Ferdinand was regarded by some as a pacifist symbol. Banned in Spain and burned as propaganda in Nazi Germany, the book had over 60 foreign translations and has never gone out of print. The story was adapted into a Walt Disney film which won a 1938 Academy Award.
A Disney retelling
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