Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Ok, I didn't plan this but it is my birthday today and as I was looking through all the great children's books at the library, this little bull caught my eye. It's the perfect book for a Taurus!

Published way back in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is a true classic with a timeless message, "Stay True to Yourself."

Little Ferdinand likes to sit under a cork tree and smell flowers rather than jump around and butt heads with the other bulls. He grows up into a big, strong bull with a mild temperament until one day he is stung by a bee. Owweee! Now he can no longer sit quietly under the tree. That same day he is chosen by 5 men as the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for bullfighting in Madrid.

But Ferdinand's big day in the arena only brings out his true personality. He sits quietly in the middle of the ring and sniffs the flowers in the ladies hair. "He wouldn't fight and be fierce no matter what they did."

The artist Robert Lawson has won many awards for his gorgeous etchings, including a Newberry and Caldecott. He died in 1957, but his art and this book still lives strong............like a bull!


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