June 8, 2009

The Value of Sitting Quietly

I hope The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is not a new book to you. I hope, like me, you were exposed early on to this classic children's story of a gentle bull who is mistakenly chosen to fight the matador. I loved this book as a kid. When I saw it at the library this morning, I knew it was going to be my pick for the day. It is such a simple story, but one that charms even young readers.

Ferdinand is not like his fellow bulls; instead of fighting all day he is content to sit under a tree and smell the flowers. When men come to the pasture to choose a bull for the Bull Fight, Ferdinand is stung by a bee and his violent reaction cause the men to choose him as the fiercest bull. You can guess what happens when mild Ferdinand enters the bull ring!

I like how this story teaches children the value of being yourself, following your heart, and enjoying simple pleasures. I found this site which has a list of corresponding activities you can do with your child. Instead of a craft, I chose simply to read the book with Little Page under our own "cork tree", a japanese maple out front. It was a sweet time together, enjoying a good book and the fresh air before naptime.

1 comment:

  1. I am one of Beth's friends (she connected me to your site!). Page turners is adorable, we are off to the library tomorrow, and hope to find The Story of Ferdinand there. Keep the recommendations coming!


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