Monday, March 14, 2011
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.