Archives for March 2017

The Story of Ferdinand

As I begin packing my suitcase for an 8 day road trip through Spain, I thought I’d revisit an old favorite whose setting is my destination: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.


I remember being introduced to this book (one of the bestselling children’s books of all time) when I was in college – in my Children’s Lit class.    I don’t remember the details of WHY I fell in love – but I know WHO stole my heart…Ferdinand.  His joy and contentment captivated me.   He made me smile.   As a result of a series of events (a bee sting) he is chosen for the full fights in Mardrid.  Why?  Because he is the “biggest, fastest, roughest bull” of all!

The day of the bullfight is incredible, with flying flags, bands playing, and lovely ladies with flowers in their hair. The parade into the bullring includes the Banderilleros, the Picadores, the Matador and then comes the bull.

Ferdinand is a dear story that will have appeal simply for its humor and for its happy ending.

There are those who considered The Story of Ferdinand to have a political agenda since it was published in September of 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. However it was actually written in October of 1935 and Leaf and his family always denied any political intentions. According to Munro Leaf, “it’s ‘a happy-ending story about being yourself.’ ”
(Source: School Library Journal)

Asking questions and extending learning while reading a children’s book is an art form.  The best teacher (mom/dad) slips in a question without disrupting the flow of the story while keeping the story momentum flowing.

Some questions to consider:

  1. How is Ferdinand different from all the other little bulls?
  2. Why do you think Ferdinand’s mother began to worry?
  3. Why did the men choose Ferdinand?
  4. In a bull fight, what do you think are the jobs of the Banderilleros, the Picadores, and the Matador?
  5. Do you think there is a life lesson in this story?  ExplainBut better than letting my canned questions drive you – let your child’s curiosity drive your conversation.  Now, back to packing…

CLICK HERE for a comprehensive Lesson Plan.

Don’t miss Mary Kline’s read aloud in FirefliesGLOW!   Coming soon.

Click here for learning & craft ideas to go along with this delightful book.  Pinterest

This book is worth a $2.oo investment…

Velveteen Rabbit – Conclusion

Here comes the suspenseful conclusion of the Velveteen Rabbit. What will happen to our rabbit friend who is stuck in a trash bag out back of the garden with throw-away items set to be burned in the morning? The final episode of a Chasing Fireflies classic storybook reading is ready for your enjoyment.

The Velveteen Rabbit   Part 1   Part 2
Coming next?  Peter Pan!

Gil Moegerle: Master Storyteller

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Velveteen Rabbit – Part 2

Welcome to another Fireflies GLOW episode

Enjoy listening to one of our Master Storytellers, Gil Moegerle, read part 2 of
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Bianco.

Gather ‘round for part two of the adventures of the Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams. Last time, we found out how a velvety stuffed rabbit became real because of the love of a little boy. They had great fun together until, here in part two, something unexpected happens that is a big problem for these two friends.

Gil Moegerle: Master Storyteller

 

 

 

 

 

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Childhood Pets and Family Peccadillos

As we come to the end of our focus on best friends…our pets, Gil shares a Heritage 2 Legacy short story entitled:

Childhood Pets and Family Peccadillos

By Gil Moegerle

Here is an aspect of the family legacy shared by my three siblings and I that is somewhat checkered. We are not all pet lovers. Truth be told, some of us are probably pet disparagers.
My hand is in the air. Those of us who have brought this stain upon our family heritage are working on it…a little at a time…maybe.  (more)

For the “rest of the story”, listen to the podcast below.

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