The Story of Ferdinand.

"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly": The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand.

LEAF, Munro. Illustrated By Robert Lawson.


Item Number: 110729

New York: The Viking Press, 1936.

Fourth printing, published three months after the first of Munro Leaf’s beloved children’s classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth, illustrated endpapers. In near fine condition, contemporary name to the title page. Illustrated by Robert Lawson.

"This is perhaps one of the finest 20th-century examples of the inspired wedding of a text and illustrations to make a children’s book that as a whole is even greater than the sum of its parts-which are in themselves very fine indeed. The simple, delightful Leaf story about a Spanish bull who prefers the fragrance of flowers to the roar of the bull-ring is lovingly illustrated by Robert Lawson. The overworked word ‘classic’ is well deserved here. Children have adored The Story of Ferdinand ever since the book was published" (Early Children’s Books and Their Illustrations). Translated into over 60 languages, Munro Leaf's classic became a number one bestseller in 1938 and has never gone out of print since. Despite its beloved place in children's literature, the book was banned in many countries including Spain and Nazi Germany who denounced it as a pacifist work and 'democratic propaganda.' Following the 1945 defeat of Germany during the Second World War, 30,000 copies were published to be given to the children of Germany in an effort to encourage peace. The book was adapted by Walt Disney into the classic short animated film Ferdinand the Bull in 1938, and more recently into the feature-length computer animated film, Ferdinand, produced by 20th Century Fox Animation.

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