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I carted my little guys to story time this morning at our local library. We have such great librarians! Story time is always fun and so age appropriate. My boys are only two. Ms. Tracy reads one story and the rest of the time we sing songs and point to body parts. The boys think it is FANTASTIC! And it is, really.
While we were there, I took the opportunity to fill my bag with all kinds of delicious reads! One such book was The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
I've read this before, but I just sat down and read it again. That's the thing about a good book--it's always good! It can be revisited many times, and each time you might walk away feeling something more, something different, SOMETHING.
Today, The Story of Ferdinand has made me a bit melancholy. It could be because I read the jacket and saw that both men who created this beautiful picture book have passed away. I'm not sure why it got me down, but it did. Maybe I'm grieving their talent.
The Story of Ferdinand is a funny picture book whose main character is an adorable little bull who just isn't like the other bulls. The book is all black and white, but the illustrations are just right. And in the final pages, the books simply shouts, It's ok to be happy. It's ok to be different.
"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly."