The Story of Ferdinand

written by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

The classic story of the misunderstood bull who'd rather smell flowers than stomp and snort; one of the best-selling children's books of all times.

Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree-- just smelling the flowers--to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he sits on a bee. Due to a frightful sting Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree when five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid. Ferdinand's day in the arena gives readers an education in the historical tradition of bullfighting while spotlighting his adherence to nonviolent tranquility.

The charming black-and-white drawings are wonderfully detailed and set the stage admirably for the serene Ferdinand and his pacifist pursuits.