The Story of Ferdinand
Written by Munro Leaf
Illustrated by Robert Lawson
I first became familiar with “Ferdinand” when I saw the movie “The Blind Side.” My admiration for the main character of the film, named Michael, was strong enough to make me eager to read this classic. Although my mother read a ton of books to me as a child, I guess we missed this one. It’s the sweet story of a bull named Ferdinand who doesn’t fit the typical mold of other young male bulls: he doesn’t like to fight or butt heads. All he wants to do is enjoy the meadow and smell the flowers. It shows children that even the strongest of creatures can be different; being yourself is ok. The minds behind “The Blind Side” chose a great picture book to reference; Michael, like Ferdinand, doesn’t want to become violent like the other children in his neighborhood. Instead, he wants to love, protect, and enjoy the simple pleasures of family life.
As the author and illustrator write on the book flap: ” ‘Ferdinand’ is a perfectly absurd story which will make everybody laugh and chuckle.” I agree and recommend it heartily.