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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Posted April 11, 2012

The Story of Ferdinand.

By Munro Leaf.

Drawings by Robert Lawson.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of its publication.

A children’s book classic.

Ferdinand the bull.

He doesn’t want to fight.

He wants to sit in the shade and smell the flowers.

The author is long dead.

The illustrator is long dead.

But the story of Ferdinand lives on.

For 75 years.

Lots of little readers around the world.

And they all love the big, strong bull.

Who is really a gentle giant.

Ferdinand doesn’t want to butt heads with other bulls.

Or lock horns.

Or charge at the matador in the ring.



Blossoms make him blissful.

Sitting in the shade of the cork tree.

Quietly smelling the flowers.

Until he accidentally sits down on a bee.

And that’s when the adventure begins.

A perfect read for Story Time at Mason County Library.

As for the bee, his side of the story might go like this:

“One day, I was out in the back pasture.

Just buzzing and bumblebeeing around.

The sun was warm. The breeze soft and refreshing.

I came across the most luscious yellow flower.

So naturally I landed on it.

And just as I’m relishing its yellow pollen…WHAM!

Everything went dark.

I couldn’t breathe.

Or bumble.

So I took my stinger and gave it all I got.


A bull went flying.

What a sight!

He didn’t know what hit him.

That was a close call, I said to myself.

Then I gathered my wits—and pollen—about me…

And buzzed off.”

Bees are back.

Thanks to the rain.

Clover, over and over.


(Watch your step.

And your nose.)

Fruit trees.

Texas sage.


Red yucca.

Bee brush.

And bulls.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square

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