(1905 - 1976)
Wilbur Monroe Leaf was an American author of children’s literature who wrote and illustrated nearly 40 books during his 40-year career. He is best known for The Story of Ferdinand (1936), a children’s classic which he wrote on a yellow legal-length pad in less than an hour.
Aesop’s Fables (1941)
Here are all the old familiar fables from The Hare and the Tortoise to The Fox and the Crow and many others that are not as well known. This is The Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf edition. It is a smaller format than the original Heritage Press edition printed on light weight, uncoated paper (which is subject to considerable foxing) and lacks the colophon. The design of the box is the same as the dust jacket.
There is also a Heritage Reprints edition, slightly smaller in size on even thinner but coated paper. Between the two the Reprints edition shows the illustrations to better advantage.
Noodle the wiener dog thinks it might be nice to be a different shape - or would it?
The Story of Ferdinand (1936)
Ferdinand liked to sit just quietly under the cork tree and smell the flowers, but the five men in funny hats want to take him to Madrid to fight in the bull fights.
Simpson and Sampson are twins. Simpson is always well behaved, Sampson, quite the other. Or is it the other way ’round? Another collaboration between the author and illustrator of “Ferdinand.”
Wee Gillis (1938)
This is the story of how Wee Gillis decides whether to live in the Scottish lowlands like his mother’s family or in the highlands like his father’s people. This is the second book by the author and illustrator of Ferdinand.