Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf 1936 cover, a bull is smelling a flower against a red background

The Story of Ferdinand

Written by Munro Leaf; Illustrated by Robert Lawson

New York, Viking, 1936

7.15" x 8.3"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Like Wanda Gág's Millions of Cats of a decade earlier, The Story of Ferdinand was greeted by librarians and critics as a milestone work in the aesthetic development of the American picture book. When controversy erupted over its possible intent as political allegory, Anne Carroll Moore was quick to jump to the book's defense, declaring it, in her column for The Horn Book Magazine, an "effortless, carefree collaboration...designed for the sheer entertainment of the ageless."


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