Munro Leaf


Born
in Hamilton, Maryland, The United States
December 04, 1905

Died
December 21, 1976

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Munro Leaf, author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books, is best remembered for his signature character, Ferdinand, the Spanish bull who preferred smelling flowers to fighting in a ring in Spain. Composed in less than an hour one Sunday afternoon in 1935, the book sparked controversy. With the Spanish Civil War raging, political critics charged that it was a satirical attack on aggression. In Germany, the book was burned; in India, Ghandi called it his favorite. Even today, Ferdinand continues to charm children around the world—the story has been translated into over 60 languages.

Average rating: 4.35 · 83,134 ratings · 1,839 reviews · 31 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Story of Ferdinand

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4.36 avg rating — 81,250 ratings — published 1936 — 94 editions
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Wee Gillis

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4.10 avg rating — 708 ratings — published 1938 — 6 editions
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How to Behave and Why

4.17 avg rating — 481 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Manners Can Be Fun

4.16 avg rating — 248 ratings — published 1936 — 6 editions
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How to Speak Politely and Why

4.12 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 1934 — 2 editions
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Noodle

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3.98 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 1937 — 5 editions
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Reading Can Be Fun

4.15 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1953
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Gordon the Goat

4.28 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Brushing Your Teeth Can Be ...

3.39 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1943 — 2 editions
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Robert Francis Weatherbee

3.87 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1935 — 2 editions
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“And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly”
Munro Leaf, The Story of Ferdinand

“A lot of people—young and old— have not done a very good job of taking care of our country so we can enjoy living in it. Almost everywhere today you see the marks of the stupid and the careless who are ruining what we should all take care of for our own pleasure—and our own good.”
Munro Leaf, Who Cares? I Do