Banned Books Week Day 4: Hello everyone! For today’s Banned Book, we dove into our own library for one of our old favorites, The Story Of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. For those who have not heard of this classic, it’s about a bull who wants nothing more than to be himself.
Ferdinand is an unusual bull. While the other bulls love to butt heads and stick each other with their horns, Ferdinand prefers to sit quietly and smell the flowers under his favorite tree. However, due to a misunderstanding, he is chosen for the big bullfight in Madrid, and when he arrives, his gentle demeanor throws everyone for a loop!
The Story Of Ferdinand was released in 1936, and was promptly banned in several countries, including its setting of Spain, due to being labeled as “pacifist propaganda.” It remained banned until 1945 in Germany, and until 1975 in Spain!
Our opinion of the book should be obvious by our choice to include it in our personally library: while the black and white illustrations are not as visually interesting to a 1 year old as others may be, the sweet and calming story about the peaceful bull Ferdinand is fun to read and to listen to. It’s a classic staple that a child of any age can enjoy. Baby Bookworm approved!