Munro Leaf

American, 1905 - 1976

Wilbur Monroe Leaf was born in Maryland and educated at the University of Maryland and Harvard University. After receiving his master’s degree in English, he began writing and illustrating children’s books, completing an average of one book a year throughout his forty-year career. His most famous book is The Story of Ferdinand, which stirred controversy in the 1930s political milieu because of its pacifist themes. Ferdinand has been translated into countless languages and adapted for film and opera.