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Free The Story of Ferdinand reader æ doc 9780670674244 Ó ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The Story of Ferdinand Author Munro Leaf – A true classic with a timeless message The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936 All the other bulls would run and jump and buttTogether But Ferdinand would rather sit 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 chanc I enjoyed this book on several levels a wonderful book about being yourself for children but also a subconscious commentary on fascist Spain a bull with a big heart picked to be slaughtered at the Blood Wedding of Franco and fed to his guests my interpretation

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E to be the most ferocious star of the corrida and the most unexpected comic hero This cherished hardcover is perfect for those who love Ferdinand and those who have yet to meet hi Re read solely because I'm getting fed up that a reading challenge is hanging about with a few incomplete categories and everything I truly want to read in the 'banned books' category is either long or very dense and would take a while Instead I dispatched it in ten minutes by re reading this Plus I thought Ferdinand 1936 might be interesting three months after reading Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises 1926 There wasn't uite as much comparison fodder as I thought there might be as Ferdinand is so short and simple a story Although whilst Hemingway's is very much pro bullfighting and Leaf obviously against it both books are about not being the sort of manly mancreature that the world expects Jake in The Sun Also Rises uses being a bullfighting aficionado as a way to express masculinity that in some other ways is thwarted and to get respect from other men It seems obvious that Munro Leaf must have read Hemingway's novel Ferdinand refuses to be used to bolster the masculinity of human males like Jake just as the WWI pacifist or conscientious objector refused to fight in an imperialist war engineered by politicians and is confident being his idiosyncratic flower loving self After all it's been his personality his whole life so he's just being himself whereas Jake has been thwarted by a war injury and can't 'be himself' as he was once used to And because this is a book for small children Ferdinand is of course rewarded for being the way he is and wants to be The book's pacifism seems to be closest to that of the First World War seen by objectors as a senseless war fought for those in power I think it's important to be aware that Ferdinand was published shortly before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War Among international left wing intellectuals the Spanish Civil War was seen as an unusually pure moral cause and especially compared with WWI a cause worth fighting for including by those who objected to other wars So for an audience of pacifists the context of 1930s Spain wouldn't be the best fit for a parable However one can imagine it finding favour with a mainstream Anglo audience including those who thought young people shouldn't go to fight in Spain Pacifism was also complicated in the Second World War with arguments by some who'd have been pacifists for other wars that the Nazi regime and so as its atrocities were revealed should also be fought I already knew that revisiting books I read as a teenager ends up being about reviewing my past self at least as much as the book I hadn't expected that would be the case for something I read and found boring when I was about seven And boy did I find this boring I'd heard it talked up but hadn't read it because I thought it looked boring and with so many pictures and so few words it was clearly a book for a lower reading level The I think about being that age the obvious it seems now that I was on the spectrum and Ferdinand was a book that particularly irked my smart arse literal minded self The same part of me that was getting exasperated aged three when all the adults kept insisting that Santa was real Obviously add your finest first year Hermione actually voice calves don't think about wanting to be fighting bulls when they grow up they just stand around and eat grass and sense what's around them and exist and obviously an unwanted bullfighting bull probably wouldn't get sent back to the farm Unless it was like one of those donkey sanctuaries that sometimes had adverts in the TV Times And that was pretty much all I cared about The Story of Ferdinand as a kid When I look at this story now though I think of people I've known in the years since who must have been a 'Ferdinand' type among their peers especially if they were boys who weren't into sports and that makes me like the character of Ferdinand uite a lot There's certainly something here

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The Story of FerdinandA true classic with a timeless message The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936 All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads I'm not an impartial judge of this book I'm assuming all of you know the story It's about a bull that doesn't want to bullfight like the other bulls He just wants to sit and smell flowers in the field My mom used to read it to me when I was a kid She used to call me her little Ferdinand because all the other little boys wanted to run around and roughhouse And I didn't I just wanted to sit and read and think I'm not an impartial judge of this book But I'm fond of it And when a book's been around for 70 years there's usually a reason for it