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10 best picture books for children

- Daisy Alioto, Monitor contributor

3. 'The Story of Ferdinand,' written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson

Leaf's famous story speaks to the gentle soul. Ferdinand the bull is ever the wallflower – until an uncharacteristic fit involving a bee sting lands the peaceable animal in a Spanish bullfighting arena. Will the unassuming bull make it back to his life of dozing in the fields?

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