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The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson

The Story of Ferdinand  is a book about a bull who is unlike all the other bulls in the pasture. He doesn't want to fight! Ferdinand would would rather relax and smell the flowers by his favorite tree. The story finds our protagonist in a pickle when he is picked to fight in Madrid, only he is distracted by, you guessed it, flowers! This would be a great book for 2cd or 3rd grade. Some of the vocabulary in the book is more difficult and needs to be introduced before reading. There are several ways to incorporate this book into the classroom. For social studies, you could teach a unit on Spain and talk about the culture of bullfighting. Walt Disney also directed a short eight minute video about Ferdinand that could be viewed in the classroom to bring the story to life. Ferdinand is also an admirable role model because he is different, and he is comfortable with himself.