10 best picture books for children

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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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