Tidbit Histories – The Story of Ferdinand Written in Record Time!

When inspiration hits, books can be written with amazing speed. A contender for the world record, though, is one of the most beloved children’s books of the 20th century.  Munro Leaf jotted down THE STORY OF FERDINAND on a yellow legal pad for his illustrator friend, Robert Lawson, in less than one hour.

May Massee, Viking’s gifted juvenile editor, immediately accepted the collaboration and the story of the gentle bull who loved to do nothing but sit and smell the flowers was published in fall of 1936.

To this day, it remains a near perfect example of the marriage of illustration with text in a children’s book.Story of Ferdinand3


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