Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 14: The Story of Ferdinand

Sweet, gentle Ferdinand.  I just love him.  We checked this great book out of the library a few weeks ago at the suggestion of my friend Leonie and it quickly became a favorite in our house.  This charming classic tells the story of Ferdinand, a Spanish bull who would rather sit under his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers than fight like all of his friends.  Robert Lawson's black and white illustrations are simple and clever, and the story line is wonderfully endearing.  I love the underlying message about being an individual and doing what makes you happy, regardless of what everyone else is doing or expects of you because of your outward appearance.  Of course, I'm sure my son completely misses that part, but I like it, anyway.  He still asks to read Ferdinand at least once a day, so there is something about the pictures or the story line that greatly appeals to his three year old self.  I have a feeling this one will be checked out of the library several times until we eventually get our own copy.


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