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Heather Gudenkauf reveals the secret hideout where she met Ferdinand the Bull

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by Heather Gudenkauf On the last day of school, when most of my classmates were racing out the school doors cheering about upcoming summer days filled with trips to the pool and to the park for games of kickball, baseball, and boys-chase-the-girls, I was silently celebrating the many hours I had in front of me expressly reserved for reading.  Being the youngest of six didn’t allow for much alone time in our home, especially in the summer when everyone was running in and out of the house,so I had to be creative in finding a place to call my own. Growing up we had a toy box that my father’s students made for our family. It was painted robin egg blue…

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