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 Wilbur Munro Leaf

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Wilbur Munro Leaf

  • Birth 4 Dec 1905 Hamilton, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 21 Dec 1976 Garrett Park, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 66719421

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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  • Created by: MockingbirdTales
  • Added: 9 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66719421
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilbur Munro Leaf (4 Dec 1905–21 Dec 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66719421, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by MockingbirdTales (contributor 46817308) .