The Story of Ferdinand: Munro Leaf



Author: Munro Leaf
Illustrator: Robert Lawson
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Year: 1936
Brief Summary: Unlike his friends, Ferdinand prefers sitting quietly and smelling the flowers.  When he was mistaken for a fierce bull, he refuses to fight, no matter how much he is pushed.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame, 2009′ ‘ Finalist’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Kids Reading List, 2010 ; Oprah/ALSC
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 ; Children’s Book Council
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • How is Ferdinand different from his friends or how people expect him to be?
  • Discuss what it’s like to be different/unique.  Have you ever felt pressured to act a certain way or do something that’s “not you”?  How does that make you feel?  How do you deal with that situation?
  • Share something that you love about yourself that might seem different.  Write about it.

Accessed at: Personal Library


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