The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

One of our favorite books (and probably one of yours too) is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. In the story, a little bull in Spain loves to sit under a tree and smell the flowers while all the other young bulls fight and butt each other.  When they all are grown, the other bulls dream of fighting in the bull fights in Madrid while Ferdinand continues to enjoy the flowers. However, quite by accident, Ferdinand is the one chosen to fight. The rest of the story follows Ferdinand’s reaction to this big opportunity.

You can find Ferdinand your library. Read it with your child, then try one of these ideas together:

  1. The Story of Ferdinand was illustrated with line drawings in black with no color at all. On some pages we only see a silhouette of Ferdinand sitting under the cork tree. You can make a silhouette of a tree, too. Draw a tree on a piece of paper, then cut it out. Trace your tree on a sheet of black construction paper or cardstock. Cut that tree out. You created a silhouette of a tree!  You can glue it onto another sheet of paper and even add a silhouette of another object underneath it.
  2. In the story, Ferdinand sits under a cork tree. The pictures show a tree with corks growing on the branches? Cork doesn’t grow on trees like that, but then, where does it really come from? Do a little research together and find out.
  3. Print off a world map. Color in Spain as well as the area where you live.
  4. Spend some time in the kitchen together and cook some Spanish dishes! You’ll find some recipe ideas here.
  5. Disney created a cartoon called Ferdinand the Bull in 1939. Find it on YouTube and watch it together.

Do you have any other ways to enjoy The Story of Ferdinand?

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