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The Story of Ferdinand Picture Books - Alder & Alouette

The Story of Ferdinand

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A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since first published in 1936, over 85 years ago. Still in high demand for its timeless message, charming story and illustrations, it’s back for another year of high volume printing sure to sell out, yet again. 

All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But not Ferdinand. Ferdinand would rather sit in the shade of his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee changes Ferdinand’s life. Some men from the Madrid bullfights want gentle Ferdinand to be the most ferocious star of the corrida--but the most unexpected hero arises instead.


  • Indies Choice Book Awards | Finalist | Picture Bk Hall of Fame | 2009
  • Indies Choice Book Awards | Winner | Picture Bk Hall of Fame | 2010


  • The Story of Ferdinand
  • Written by Munroe Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson.
  • Published by Viking Books for Young Readers. 
  • Ages 3 to 5 years
  • 0.54" H x 9.42" L x 7.38" W (0.86 lbs) 72 pages


Some interesting background of the sweet story about Ferdinand

  • Ghandi stated that this children’s book was one of his favorite books
  • The book was banned in Spain, the setting of the story, as a message of pacifism in the time of Fascism and Francisco Franco coming into power
  • The book was banned by Nazi Germany in the years leading up to and during World War II as a message of peace, no war and non-invasion propaganda
  • The story was written out by Leaf in under an hour on a legal pad
  • The story was made into a Disney, animated short and won an Academy Award
  • All of this “fuss” and Leaf stated he’d actually written the story as a way to help his friend, Robert Lawson, showcase his brilliant work as an artist illustrations