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Wilbur Munro Leaf
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Birth: Dec. 4, 1905
Hamilton
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1976
Garrett Park
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

Children's book illustrator/author. Using the name Munro Leaf, he wrote/illustrated over 40 books during his career, however he is best known for "The Story of Ferdinand" (1936), a story about a bull who would rather sniff flowers than fight in a bullring. He famously penned the story in forty minutes on a rainy Sunday afternoon, largely as a vehicle for his friend Robert Lawson to illustrate. A couple of years later, Walt Disney made an animated short film based on the story which won an Academy Award for the Disney studio. He was the son of Charles Wilbur Leaf and Emma (India) Leaf. After graduating with degrees from the University of Maryland and Harvard, he taught briefly. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and wrote (with Theodore Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss) a small treatise about the perils of the mosquito to American troops overseas. After the success of "The Story of Ferdinand" which was eventually translated into over 60 languages, Munro Leaf travelled extensively for the U.S. State Department, lecturing and meeting children all over the world. In an interview, Mr. Leaf said he was going to do a book on how Ferdinand and his other characters as well as his extensive travels had given him a good life. He was quoted as saying: "I'm going to call it 'A Little Bull Goes a Long Way'." 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles W Leaf
  Emma India Leaf (1878 - 1941)
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Mar 09, 2011
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Wilbur Munro Leaf
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Wilbur Munro Leaf
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In memory of a great writer who has touched the lives of millions of children.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 1, 2013
"The Story of Ferdinand" is a gift to us all. Like all great works of art, it teaches the most important truths of life. It will continue to capture hearts and touch souls as long as people continue to tell stories. Thank you so much for enriching ou...(Read more)
- Leslie Frates
 Added: Mar. 30, 2011

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