Toro! Toro!

Toro! Toro!

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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.
Publisher: London : Collins, 2002
ISBN: 9780007107186
0007107188
Branch Call Number: Ju F Mor
Additional Contributors: Foreman, Michael 1938-

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charcharbinx Dec 18, 2013

Toro Toro, is about a young boy called Antonito who lives on a farm where they breed Black bulls for the bullfights, At first his grandfather tells him that bullfighting is just a dance but when Antonito sees his Uncle Juan kill a bull he is horrified and escapes with Paco the black bull calf into the mountains. Antonito leaves Paco in the mountains only to return to the farm, to see it burnt to the ground.
This book is set during the Spanish war and revolves mostly around the tale of Antonito and his bull Paco.
The book made me go through a range of emotions and was always pushing me to read further on.

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