What's My Favorite Children's Book?

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“Being true to one’s self,” in my opinion, encompasses one of life’s greatest principles.  Being unapologetically proud of who you are, in my personal opinion, is a trait of the greatest people.  The first book I ever read to my daughters was Munro Leaf’s allegory and recent motion picture, “Ferdinand the Bull.”  I’m not exactly sure when I first read it for myself, but honestly – I must have been so taken aback by the countenance and character traits of the book’s namesake, in addition to the book’s theme, that the book left no doubt as to a permanent etching upon my literary memory.  

This book is the epitome of a classic, first published by Viking Press in 1936, and in the same year, became a number one best-seller when it replaced Gone with the Wind in sales and popularity.  The book has never been out of print since its original publication.  The enchanting story has reached readers around the world, being published into sixty different languages – even Latin! 

Ferdinand, a bull, should aspire to do “bull” things, right?  Try telling Ferdinand that.  He would rather smell the flowers than fight.  He is definitely one that moves to the drumbeat of his own.  Ferdinand puts his ability to fight and be angry on perfect display when he accidentally sits himself upon the stinger of a bee.  Every elementary teacher possesses an all-time favorite children’s book, and I would highly recommend utilizing a favorite of mine, a children’s literary classic, at least once throughout your school year.  The text complexity of the book is a robust 760 Lexile, so rigor is included upon the pacifist allegory.  Teachers can utilize the book to advocate one of life’s core principles, “being true to one’s self.”  It is so important that parents, caretakers, teachers, and other leaders of children to help encourage and embrace each child’s unique and special identity.  A child’s “unique and special” identity is exactly what the world needs to continually enhance the sense of community that seems more divisive as time carries on.