Pubblicata per la prima volta nel 1936, pochi mesi prima dell'inizio della guerra civile spagnola, la favola di Ferdinando, il giovane toro che preferisce il profumo di un fiore all'insensata violenza della corrida, suonò a molti come una nemmeno troppo velata metafora pacifista. Un messaggio potente, che contrapponeva in modo ironico e paradossale l'umanità del toro e la bestialità degli esseri umani, tanto da spingere Franco a proibirne la diffusione finché fu in vita. Messo al rogo nella Germania di Hitler, il libro venne poi stampato e distribuito a tutti i bambini tedeschi come gesto simbolico dalle forze alleate. Da allora il toro Ferdinando continua a conquistare i cuori di grandi e piccini. Gandhi lo citava tra i suoi libri preferiti, e i suoi autori sono stati più volte considerati tra i possibili candidati al Nobel per la Pace.
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I'm not an impartial judge of this book. I'm assuming all of you know the story. It's about a bull that doesn't want to bullfight like the other bulls. He just wants to sit and smell flowers in the field. My mom used to read it to me when I was a kid. She used to call me her little Ferdinand, becaus Leggi tutto
The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf The Story of Ferdinand (1936) is the best known work written by American author Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The children's book tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. He sits in the middle of the bull ring Leggi tutto
Love this peace loving Bull. Great story to introduce to my niece and nephew. I think the first time I knew of this story was seeing the Disney Cartoon and the peaceful bull. But, the story is amazing all on its own. Munro created something wonderful here to reach through the ages. It's getting close Leggi tutto
Lovely, lovely book. Sweet story -- plus bonus magical illustrations of romanticized Spain of yore to delight all.
I enjoyed this book on several levels: a wonderful book about being yourself for children - but also a subconscious commentary on fascist Spain - a bull with a big heart picked to be slaughtered at the Blood Wedding of Franco and fed to his guests - my interpretation.
The mood and tone of this story are both spot on. And even though Ferdinand is easy to love, and even though the beginning is cute and entrancing, overall, the story is just pretty okay. It's about a bull who doesn't want to fight like all the others, because he'd rather just relax and smell flowers. Leggi tutto
Many of the kids books I've been revisiting are filled with specific, vivid memories of my childhood that are almost narratives unto themselves. Reading them transports me back to those (probably apocryphal) moments in my brain, leaving me full of a sort of joyful melancholy for things past and a hu Leggi tutto
"This is the story of Ferdinand - a little bull who would rather sit and smell flowers than fight in the bullring." This book truly is a gem. While I had heard about this work before, this is the first time that I have read it and I absolutely love it. Originally published in 1936, this work has bee Leggi tutto
It could be said this has been on my TBR list since childhood. I don't remember reading it then, and don't remember reading it to my daughter. Although I've known the story of the "little bull with a gentle heart who turned into a big bull with a gentle heart" for quite some time, I'd never picked u Leggi tutto
Ein entzückendes Kinderbuch über das Anderssein und gegen den Strom Schwimmen mit sehr schönen Zeichnungen über einen spanischen Stier, der nicht kämpfen will. :-)
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