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The Story of Ferdinand

Written by Munro Leaf

Illustrated by Robert Lawson

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017

The US classic picture book about a bull who would rather sit under the cork tree and smell the flowers than fight in the bullring makes a welcome re-appearance in this attractive edition. The story, and the original illustration by award-winning US illustrator Robert Lawson, offer a thoughtful commentary on expectations of how bulls – and boys – should behave. And, with the backdrop of the bullfight, it looks at how cruelly animals are treated. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2017

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

This Book Isn't Safe! by Colin Furze

The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Birthday Boy by David Baddiel

The Story of Ferdinand Synopsis

Once upon a time in Spain, there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand . . . Unlike all the other little bulls - who run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights - Ferdinand would rather sit under his favourite cork tree and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bull fights in Madrid?

Beloved all over the world for its timeless message of peace, tolerance and the courage to be yourself, this truly classic story has never been out of print in the US since its release in 1936. Hitherto unpublished in the UK.

A movie based upon The Story of Ferdinand is due for release in December 2017, starring Kate McKinnon, David Tennant and Miguel Angel Silvestre.

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ISBN: 9780571335961
Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571335961
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Author: Munro Leaf
Illustrator: Robert Lawson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Books vs Films, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks
Collections: 30 Children's Books to Improve Self-Esteem and Build Confidence,

About Munro Leaf

Wilbur Monroe Leaf (aka Munro Leaf) (1905-1976) was an American author of children's literature who wrote and illustrated many books during his long career. His books were illustrated by a number of famous artists, including Ludwig Bemelmans, Robert Lawson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).Robert Lawson (1892-1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. In addition to illustrating many children's books, including Mr. Popper's Penguins, Robert Lawson also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books for children. In 1940, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustrations in ...

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