The Story of Ferdinand
Viking Books for Young Readers
On Sale: August 1, 2017
Board book (reprint)
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A true classic with a timeless message!
All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together
in fights. Ferdinand, on the other hand, would rather sit
and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is
picked for the bullfights in Madrid?
THE STORY OF FERDINAND has inspired, enchanted, and provoked
readers ever since it was first published in 1936 for its
message of nonviolence and pacifism. In WWII times, Adolf
Hitler ordered the book burned in Nazi Germany, while Joseph
Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, granted it
privileged status as the only non-communist children's book
allowed in Poland.
The preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and civil
rights, Mahatma Gandhi—whose nonviolent and pacifistic
practices went on to inspire Civil Rights leader Martin
Luther King, Jr.—even called it his favorite book.
The story was adapted by Walt Disney into a short animated
film entitled Ferdinand the Bull in 1938. Ferdinand the Bull
won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).
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