Munro Leaf (1905-1976) was an American writer, illustrator, and columnist whose books for children include Manners Can Be Fun
and How to Behave and Why
(both of which he also illustrated). In 1936 he “dashed off in 25 minutes” a story about a bull who preferred flowers to bullfights as a showcase for the artistic talent of his friend Robert Lawson. The Story of Ferdinand
went on to become a best-seller and the two men collaborated on three subsequent books, Wee Gillis
(1938), The Story of Simpson and Sampson
(1941), and Aesop’s Fables
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