Robert Francis Weatherbee

by Munro Leaf, 1935

Munro Leaf was the author of the series of Can Be Fun books whose covers tempted with such enticing titles as Manners Can Be Fun, Health Can Be Fun and Safety Can Be Fun. Mun, as he was known to his friends, was best known for penning The Story of Ferdinand. That book was illustrated by Robert Lawson (Ben and Me), but Mun could easily have illustrated it himself as he was also an accomplished draftsman. Our favorite Leaf book, Robert Francis Weatherbee showcases Leaf's draftsmanship at its best with little Robert in a variety of poses. Some examples. . .

The book, whose size is compact for small children's hands, teaches boys and girls if they don't go to school they cannot become Prime Minister of England. Or a sailor.

 Mr. Leaf's signature, 1936.