THE STORY OF FERDINAND
Written By Munro Leaf Illustrated by Robert Lawson 1936
Alyson Wang 402110049
Picture Books Literature and Pedagogy – Dr. Yang
Munro Leaf was a children's writer best known for The Story of Ferdinand, published in 1936 and illustrated by Robert Lawson. Before it was published, Leaf and Lawson were friends and discussed what work they could make. Their cooperation resulted in the successful publication of The Story of Ferdinand, a story talking about a peaceful but rebellious bull. This picture book also represented the time and situation coming before World War II. It was not accepted by all people at that time. People regarded Ferdinand as Fascist or satirical of pacifism. Hitler even ordered the book and burned it. However, it was published year by year and won the reputation of one of the best classic children’s books.
In fact I don’t like the illustration very much, since the strokes are too real and not childlike. But the facial expressions on the characters’ faces are vivid. Although there aren’t so many illustrations in our textbook, I can know what the illustrator wants to convey by looking at the characters’ emotion or gestures.
In short, I learn how to be myself and value ourselves. Additionally, the one who secretly supports you is always your close family or friend. So no matter how others treat us, there are always family and friends standing beside us.