The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
Recommended Age: 4-8
Ferdinand is a bull who lives in Spain. While the other young bulls like to run and jump and butt heads, Ferdinand prefers to sit under a cork tree and smell the flowers. One day, when some men in funny hats come from Madrid to look for the biggest, fiercest bull, Ferdinand happens to sit on a bee and, in his resulting panic, he gets picked for the bullfights.
If I said any more, this review would be longer than the book – and I don’t want to spoil all your pleasure in reading it for yourself or for children. It is a funny, heart-warming children’s classic, dating all the way back to 1936, and beautifully decorated with the black-and-white drawings of award-winning author-illustrator Robert Lawson.