Toro! Toro! by Michael Morpurgo

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Discover the beautiful stories of Michael Morpurgo, author of Warhorse and the nation’s favourite storyteller

Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, illustrated by Michael Foreman.

TORO,TORO is the story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia, Spain, on a farm rearing bulls for the bull ring. Antonito hand rears a little black calf and they become firm friends, but the boy doesn't yet understand the fate of the black bulls – the corrida and death. Later, when he learns of the horrors of the bull fight, he frees Paco, the black bull, and rides with him into the hills.There they witness the bombing of their village (it's the year 1936, and the Spanish Civil War has started) and Antonito cannot go back – his family and the farm are destroyed, and Paco has run off, wild with fright. He decides to stay in the hills, where he meets up with the Resistance fighters. During the War, Antonito hears stories round the campfire of the wonderful black bull, who becomes a symbol of freedom for them all. Could this really be Paco? But no-one has ever seen him. After the war, when Antonito is working as a muleteer in the mountains, he falls asleep and dreams of Paco. In the morning, he wakes to see hoof prints on the ground beside him…

A delightful story, full of nostalgia and drama in the author's own inimitable style. Illustrated by Michael Foreman.


About Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Little Manfred’. His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.
Published June 4, 2007 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks. 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A young child sees violence done in the bull ring, and worse violence to his small town, in this powerful, simply written tale by Britain’s Children’s Laureate, set during the Spanish Civil War.

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Morpurgo is definitely a world class author and I would thoroughly recommend this book to any child aged between 8-12 years old.

Mar 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Toro! Toro!

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This story starts when a grandfather, Abuelo, tells his grandson Antonio the story of the worst thing he ever did .

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