Illustration Daily – Day 111: The Story of Ferdinand

The story of how “The Story of Ferdinand” came to be written, is that Munro Leaf wrote it one afternoon as a vehicle for then relatively unknown Robert Lawson to showcase his illustrations. The story of a bull that prefers smelling flowers to fighting, “The Story of Ferdinand” has been controversial due to the overtones of pacifism (or communism, or anti-communism, or fascist, or anti-fascist: depending who you ask). There’s no real evidence to support those claims and both Leaf and Lawson maintained that it was simply a story about a bull. Despite that, the book was banned in many countries including Spain and Nazi Germany.


The Story of Ferdinand, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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