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ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.“All my life I’ll think you you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.“All my life I’ll think you you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.


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ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.“All my life I’ll think you you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.“All my life I’ll think you you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

30 review for The Butterfly Lion (First Modern Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    After the success of War Horse my local theatre had an upcoming production of this Morpurgo classic. Debating to get tickets for the show, I opted to read the book first. Having run away from boarding school, young Michael meets an old lady who tells about a boy he’s age called Bertie who adopts a Lion in South Africa. Like War Horse some of the story features The First World War. What a wonderful tale! I can see why they opted to also tell this story on stage, it has all the hallmarks of a great st After the success of War Horse my local theatre had an upcoming production of this Morpurgo classic. Debating to get tickets for the show, I opted to read the book first. Having run away from boarding school, young Michael meets an old lady who tells about a boy he’s age called Bertie who adopts a Lion in South Africa. Like War Horse some of the story features The First World War. What a wonderful tale! I can see why they opted to also tell this story on stage, it has all the hallmarks of a great story that appeals to people of all ages... The play was great too!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Having read this way way back in the 1990's when i was making sure I knew the content of the books I was buying for my then young nephews and nieces this has since become a stock present for me to buy for people of all ages. I was trying to tot up the number of copies I have given, I stopped at 12. It is, perhaps, my favourite Morpurgo which covers much the same familiar territory over which he often flys. It deals with loneliness and love, courage and success against all the odds and revolves ar Having read this way way back in the 1990's when i was making sure I knew the content of the books I was buying for my then young nephews and nieces this has since become a stock present for me to buy for people of all ages. I was trying to tot up the number of copies I have given, I stopped at 12. It is, perhaps, my favourite Morpurgo which covers much the same familiar territory over which he often flys. It deals with loneliness and love, courage and success against all the odds and revolves around friendship, loyalty and, as is so often the case with Morpurgo, the backdrop is the Great War. It is a story told in the first person by a young boy who runs away from his school lonely and sad and meets the old lady who relates the story of her husband from long before. He, a soldier in the 'Great war' and the relationship they formed and maintained with the small lion cub he had befriended in Africa and the twists and turns of their story ending with the outline of the lion cut out on the chalk hill above the house on which hundreds of butterflies land to take their nourishment. This sculpted lion thus shimmers and appears to breathe and becomes a beautiful memorial to love and fidelity and friendship encouraging, in the fullest sense of that word, the young school boy to go back to the place he fled. The story is simply told but with a wonderful twist and is a marvelous hymn to friendhsip. Morpurgo has never written a lovelier story and the simple drawings of Christian Birmingham, an illustrator i love, really grace the whole thing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    A beautiful story of a young boy’s experience when he runs away from a school he hates. Vivid story-telling transports you to Africa and back. An extremely moving tale of help comes to you from mysterious sources when you need it. Made me smile and cry!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maeve Harrison

    The Butterfly Lion is a heart warming yet bitter-sweet story. Bertie is a lonely little boy in South Africa who one day adopts an orphaned white lion cub, who then becomes his best friend. They have a wonderful companionship but things take a turn for the worst when Bertie is sent to boarding school in England and his father sells the cub to a French circus owner. Their separation is heart breaking, however Bertie promises to find him again. Years later and now a soldier in France during WWI, he The Butterfly Lion is a heart warming yet bitter-sweet story. Bertie is a lonely little boy in South Africa who one day adopts an orphaned white lion cub, who then becomes his best friend. They have a wonderful companionship but things take a turn for the worst when Bertie is sent to boarding school in England and his father sells the cub to a French circus owner. Their separation is heart breaking, however Bertie promises to find him again. Years later and now a soldier in France during WWI, he sees a poster for a circus with a white lion on it and he succeeds in tracking him down. Low and behold it is his white lion and he brings him back to England. When the lion dies, Bertie and his wife create the Butterfly Lion to always remember him by. This book is a short novel in fairly large print with charming illustrations that is suitable for readers of all ages. It is written clearly and is very engaging throughout and manages to convey to the reader the issues of love and belonging, loyalty and friendship, and even the terrors and hardships during the First World War. This is a book which I found in the library corner of my year 2 class and as an animal lover it really appealed to me. When reading it, it reminded me of a film I have seen recently, 'War Horse'. I would recommend it as a class 'story time' book for years 2 and 3, and as a reading for pleasure book for years 4-6.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bella Bonner-Evans

    Very sad (should have come with a free packet of tissues!!)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Denisa Arsene

    A very short, but almost magical story. A bit sad... Reading it you are under the impression of being in a magical land. I fell in love with the little white lion. And I was sad to discover the thread of the story. But, in the end, this is how life is: every being is born, leavs and dies. The cycle of life... I recommend this short novel from the bottom of my heart.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Delport

    Oh my word, what a gorgeous, beautiful, breathtaking story. Finished reading this to Cullen and I had to swallow a lump in my throat so I wouldn't burst into tears (good tears, not bad tears). He wouldn't have understood... :) My only question (his question, actually)... how did Millie drive him back to school then? (any answers appreciated ;) ) Oh my word, what a gorgeous, beautiful, breathtaking story. Finished reading this to Cullen and I had to swallow a lump in my throat so I wouldn't burst into tears (good tears, not bad tears). He wouldn't have understood... :) My only question (his question, actually)... how did Millie drive him back to school then? (any answers appreciated ;) )

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Edwards

    Novels – Extended diary entry The Butterfly Lion "All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you." Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. This is such a beautiful story. There is such a poetic struc Novels – Extended diary entry The Butterfly Lion "All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you." Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. This is such a beautiful story. There is such a poetic structure to it. I listened to the Butterfly lion as an audio book and found it very moving. I thought of year five, when I was listening and how it could link into ww2. I felt that it would be particularly beneficial if the children could experience the audiobook version. There are so many benefits from listening to a story in any format, from developing listening skills and quite concentration to fostering imagination and visualization techniques. All of these skills are thought to develop reading comprehension. However, for me, audio versions take this again to another level. Having a skilled narrator telling the story,especially if it's the author themselves,as michael Morpurgo does.Can help a child understand ,punctuation,enunciation and bring out the meaning of the text. It is wonderful to hear from different character perspectives. The language and accents,transport you into the story, also,helping the listener appreciate unfamiliar accents and dialects.Although you may need hard copies for the children to refer to when engaging them in tasks. The Butterfly Lion transports the reader/listener to two very different continents and several different stages in time. It takes you on a rich journey of adventure,loneliness,loss,sadness,hope,love,friendship,determination and joy. There are many teaching opportunities to use with this novel. English Diary entry i.e For Berite looking out into the African bush and seeing the tiger for the very first time or his first night alone in the boarding school so very far away from anything he was familiar with. You could also consider Lilly’s perspective, when she met Bertie or when he went away to fight in the war. Should animals be used in circuses? Discuss with the person next to you. Write a letter of persuasion 1. if you think they should why or 2. if you think they shouldnt then why? DT Design and make a kite Making African and British food. Are they similar? different why? would it have changed what they ate then and now why? Maths Make a list of the animals named in the book. Can you use a Venn diagram or Carroll diagram to sort them into different groups? You could conduct a survey to find out your friends favourite animals and show the results in different types of table / graph? Science Make a list of the animals named in the book. What can you find out about them? Can you identify what they eat, their habitats, how they are adapted to live there etc? Geography What can you find out about Africa and about continents. Do you know what continent Britain is in? Try to research the place 'Timbavati', where Bertie was born. What is the environment like there? Who lives there? What is there to do in the local area? How is it similar / different to where you were born? Bertie wanted to run away from his boarding school in Wiltshire to London. On a map can you find Wiltshire? London? History Create a timeline showing the events of each character in the story. Find out the main events of World War I. Research the 'Victoria Cross'. Why was it given to people? Who received it? Art Can you create a picture of the butterfly lion on the hill using different mediums? PSHE The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity. Can you find out more about the work that it does? Could you plan and carry out some fundraising activities to support it? Basher Beaumont terrorises and torments the boy at boarding school. Discuss bullying and how we can help people who are affected. Millie uses the phrase 'Everything comes to he who waits'. What does this mean? Can you find out any more famous phrases? i.e draw a line under it etc Computing Make a video retelling the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The Butterfly Lion is a story about a boy who runs away from and meets an old lady in his way. The lady proceeds to tell him about the story of her husband and his pet white lion. The story explores the childhood of Bertie in Africa, his move to Britain, his friendship with Millie as well as his participation in World War Two. I feel that this book is very effective in introducing the serious emotions that children may experience. The hint at the depression of Bertie's mum is explored through a The Butterfly Lion is a story about a boy who runs away from and meets an old lady in his way. The lady proceeds to tell him about the story of her husband and his pet white lion. The story explores the childhood of Bertie in Africa, his move to Britain, his friendship with Millie as well as his participation in World War Two. I feel that this book is very effective in introducing the serious emotions that children may experience. The hint at the depression of Bertie's mum is explored through a child's eyes, seeing his mum unhappy, inactive and experiencing mood swings. I feel that Bertie's deduction that whilst he wants to help his mother he can only do so much as a child. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of the war. As a history degree graduate, I love any book that attempts to incite an interest in history from children and I think this book does this perfectly. Overall, this is a wonderful story about friendship, love and overcoming loss. This book is suitable for key stage 2 children as, whilst the language in the book is simple and the story is uncomplicated, I feel that the emotions that Bertie experiences can be better understand by slightly older children. A definite must read for children.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Odith Senerath

    If I could give it 100 stars I would! My favourite character was the butterfly lion. It was actually quite tragic but it did have a happily ever after. I liked that it was set in the past and there were three stories that were being told.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    One of my favourite Michael Morpurgo books. It is a small book and so would be great for children who sometimes can feel intimidated by the amount of pages in a book. It tells the story of a boy who runs away from school and meets an old lady who tells him the story of her husband and his pet lion cub. The character of the boy mirrors that of the husband Bertie as they both run way and have to deal with loneliness. Both find friendship when they most need it, Bertie in the cub and the boy in the One of my favourite Michael Morpurgo books. It is a small book and so would be great for children who sometimes can feel intimidated by the amount of pages in a book. It tells the story of a boy who runs away from school and meets an old lady who tells him the story of her husband and his pet lion cub. The character of the boy mirrors that of the husband Bertie as they both run way and have to deal with loneliness. Both find friendship when they most need it, Bertie in the cub and the boy in the old lady. During the reading of the book there was the puzzle of whether or not the lion seen from the window by the boy and the old lady is real - is it to be a magical fantasy book? It turns out that is not the case and that it is an actual real force of nature, though the twist at the end ( I don't want to spoil it for you) makes you question this yet again. The book is full of descriptive writing and emotion that pulls you into the book and allows you to feel like you are actually there. The main themes touched on are loneliness, hope, loss and friendship. The inclusion of the war adds a touch of history and would interest boys if they can get past the front cover. I especially like the relationship between the old lady and the boy which is both polite and respectful - very refreshing in todays age.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    I real page turner, no cheap tricks just quality writing, found between the pages of this book is sanctuary to absorb ones-self into and feel a warm, happy glow exude from its pages. Michael Morpurgo arranges his words in a way that really flow, yet he doesn't avoid more (appropriately) complex vocabulary making it ideal for children of moderate ability from age 7/8 up to adults of 78 years and older! I found it particularly popular with the boys, given it's themes of boarding school; wild outba I real page turner, no cheap tricks just quality writing, found between the pages of this book is sanctuary to absorb ones-self into and feel a warm, happy glow exude from its pages. Michael Morpurgo arranges his words in a way that really flow, yet he doesn't avoid more (appropriately) complex vocabulary making it ideal for children of moderate ability from age 7/8 up to adults of 78 years and older! I found it particularly popular with the boys, given it's themes of boarding school; wild outback country; tree climbing; and war. The protagonist of the story is a young boy who is well characterised by Morpurgo allowing the reader to get on board and feel the emotions of the character. However, he is carefully ambiguous enough to allow a wide verity of readers to identify directly with him. The tale follows the young boy who meets a number of people, the most important of which is an old lady who tells the boy a story of her (and her husbands) life, this is where the lion also comes in to it. While I wouldn't say this is an exciting book is covers a lot of exciting issues and keeps readers with a variety of interest hooked. I love this book, well done again Michael Morpurgo.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I thought it was well - written...for a classic,I mean. It flowed nicely,too and was a pleasure to read. It had many great life lessons. 'It may be difficult to remember sometimes,but there's always sun behind the clouds,and the clouds do go in the end. Honestly.' I liked how I was surrounded by the refreshing sights,sounds and smells of nature while reading it. The way classics always do to me anyway. However,I did have some issues that I've also had with some other classics I've read. It's t I thought it was well - written...for a classic,I mean. It flowed nicely,too and was a pleasure to read. It had many great life lessons. 'It may be difficult to remember sometimes,but there's always sun behind the clouds,and the clouds do go in the end. Honestly.' I liked how I was surrounded by the refreshing sights,sounds and smells of nature while reading it. The way classics always do to me anyway. However,I did have some issues that I've also had with some other classics I've read. It's that some points,they get really unrealistic,like out of common sense. (view spoiler)[ for example,not greiving at your father's death because you 'didn't know him well enough to love him' and like how the white lion almost instantly recognized his master at once, after all those years . I mean,it could've been his scent,but...not really. (hide spoiler)] The book taught me how sometimes just remembering your loved ones can be an eternal gift.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alison Lau

    This book is an extremely good book and touching. It tells the story of a boy, who runs away from school and meets an old lady called Milly. She tells him a wonderful story about a boy called Bertie, who finds a white lion cub in Africa. Bertie has to go to boarding school in England and the lion cub is sold to a French circus man. Many years later, Bertie becomes a soldier and when he goes to France, he sees the white lion again. He takes it to England and looks after it. When , the old lady fin This book is an extremely good book and touching. It tells the story of a boy, who runs away from school and meets an old lady called Milly. She tells him a wonderful story about a boy called Bertie, who finds a white lion cub in Africa. Bertie has to go to boarding school in England and the lion cub is sold to a French circus man. Many years later, Bertie becomes a soldier and when he goes to France, he sees the white lion again. He takes it to England and looks after it. When , the old lady finishes her story by telling the boy that Bertie carved a lion out of chalk. The book ends up in a magical way, but now I am not going to tell you, so you have to read this book and find the ending out!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    An enchanting tale from Michael Morpurgo, it is an easy read and is aimed at the younger reader. The story is about a young boy who grows up in Africa and rescues a White lion, they grow up together and one day the bonds are broken when the boy has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold. A vow is made that the lion will never be forgotten and will be found again.Then the first world war rears its ugly head and the boy now a man has to go and fight in France, Does he remember his vow An enchanting tale from Michael Morpurgo, it is an easy read and is aimed at the younger reader. The story is about a young boy who grows up in Africa and rescues a White lion, they grow up together and one day the bonds are broken when the boy has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold. A vow is made that the lion will never be forgotten and will be found again.Then the first world war rears its ugly head and the boy now a man has to go and fight in France, Does he remember his vow to the lion ? Yes he does and the adventure continues, a heartwarming tale which jumps from the present to the past effortlessly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    It is for children so therefore it is written in a very basic style...but the depth of story for such a short piece, 125 pages...was fantastic. Of course it was also a little far-fetched...but the story was simply delightful. reminded me of the book my children had about a little elephant that they read over and over. The one thing that bothered me was HOW the little cub came to be with the boy...but at least they didn't go out and capture it and they did show some responsibility. Once I got by It is for children so therefore it is written in a very basic style...but the depth of story for such a short piece, 125 pages...was fantastic. Of course it was also a little far-fetched...but the story was simply delightful. reminded me of the book my children had about a little elephant that they read over and over. The one thing that bothered me was HOW the little cub came to be with the boy...but at least they didn't go out and capture it and they did show some responsibility. Once I got by that part I caught myself smiling throughout the hour it took me to complete it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Naylor

    Michael Morpurgo is possibly the greatest writer for children of a generation or two. His words nearly always hit home in my emotional centre and he is truly a brilliant writer on any subject he puts his mind to. This short novel is no exception. It employs an unusual structure of being told but this doesn't distract from the power of the words. I recommend anything that Morpurgo writes to anyone of any age. I haven't read anything of his that is less than exceptional yet. This gets 4 stars as I Michael Morpurgo is possibly the greatest writer for children of a generation or two. His words nearly always hit home in my emotional centre and he is truly a brilliant writer on any subject he puts his mind to. This short novel is no exception. It employs an unusual structure of being told but this doesn't distract from the power of the words. I recommend anything that Morpurgo writes to anyone of any age. I haven't read anything of his that is less than exceptional yet. This gets 4 stars as I feel it could have been longer without losing any of its charm. It was close to being 5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    HoneyAhmad

    Gosh! What a lovely little story

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tanisha Giles

    Really good. I wanted to keep reading which is a first. The ending tho!! What!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    We had to make up taglines for this book at school and I would just like to share it : I will never forget you. You are in my heart no matter what happens. Our friendship will never end. I promise you that. Millie and Bertie got seperated by war and Bertie and the Lion got seperated because Bertie was going to boarding school and they needed money so they sold the Lion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adelinekashura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is 1 of Michael Morpurgos books it's very famous if you want me to recommend it to you put a like This is 1 of Michael Morpurgos books it's very famous if you want me to recommend it to you put a like

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail Wylde

    What a lovely story. I just wish Michael Morpurgo had been writing books when I was a child, I would have read them all. Well it’s never too late to start.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Padmini

    A beautiful story about a boy named Berty and his friendship with a Lion. Berty is a young boy who stays with his parents, somewhere close to the jungles, precisely near a waterhole where he grows up seeing animals gather for their daily drink. With a busy father and an ailing mother, Berty hardly has much company and spends most of his time watching the animals and observing their behavior. One day, Berty spots a white lion cub with its mother and is thrilled at this discovery but soon after, t A beautiful story about a boy named Berty and his friendship with a Lion. Berty is a young boy who stays with his parents, somewhere close to the jungles, precisely near a waterhole where he grows up seeing animals gather for their daily drink. With a busy father and an ailing mother, Berty hardly has much company and spends most of his time watching the animals and observing their behavior. One day, Berty spots a white lion cub with its mother and is thrilled at this discovery but soon after, the unfortunate death of the mother lion leaves the cub alone. Berty makes up his mind that if he ever spots the cub again, he would save it and get him home. It does happen one day when Berty spots it near the waterhole - alone, weak, and vulnerable. Berty saves him with the help of his mother and they get the cub home. The cub soon becomes part of the family as they feed it every day and keep it comfortable within the warmth, comfort, and protection of their home. But this happiness is short-lived. Berty's parents decide to send him to London for his studies and sell the Lion cub to a circus in France. Berty is heartbroken but is helpless. He tries to let the cub free but the cub is unable to survive in the wild. Berty is left with no choice but to let it go. He makes a promise to the cub that he will again meet him in his lifetime. Years pass. Berty grows up, joins the army and fights in the war. One day, a pure coincidence makes him meet his dear friend, the white lion, again. This time Berty wouldn't let it go. The story is narrated years after both Berty and the lion die of old age after living a long and complete life, by Berty's wife to a young boy who studies in the same school where Berty had studied. The boy is intrigued by this wonderful story and tries to find out more about Berty, his family, and the lion when he discovers something unusual. First through Berty's wife, and then through the boy, the story about the butterfly lion still stays alive. It is a heartwarming story about friendship, love, and loyalty. It is a story about loneliness and yearning, with a backdrop of the war. The simple, short read that is suitable for early readers. The story can be appreciated by people of all ages.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David

    Following in the same vain as the hugely successful War Horse and The Dancing Bear, Michael Morpurgo's The Butterfly Lion has the theme of friendship running through its narrative. But instead of a friendship between two people, much like his earlier works, The Butterfly Lion focuses largely on the friendship between a boy and an animal. The novel is the story of a young boy, Bertie, as told through the memory of an elderly woman who knew him. She recounts his story to a schoolboy who has just ru Following in the same vain as the hugely successful War Horse and The Dancing Bear, Michael Morpurgo's The Butterfly Lion has the theme of friendship running through its narrative. But instead of a friendship between two people, much like his earlier works, The Butterfly Lion focuses largely on the friendship between a boy and an animal. The novel is the story of a young boy, Bertie, as told through the memory of an elderly woman who knew him. She recounts his story to a schoolboy who has just run away from boarding school and taken shelter from the rain, all the while gazing out the window at the "butterfly lion" that is mysteriously emblazoned on the hillside. The reminiscence takes the pair back to Bertie's birthplace, a small village called Timbavati, in a remote area of South Africa. There Bertie is secluded and only has his mother and father for companionship. To occupy his time he spends day after day gazing out at the wonders of the veldt from the safe confines of the farmhouse compound. There he would watch the baboons, the zebras, wildebeest, elephants, and most exciting of all a pride of lions. One evening, when Bertie is about six years old, he spots a lioness drinking in the waterhole and just behind her a young lion cub - but it was white! A few weeks later, after not seeing the white lion cub and lioness, Bertie's father comes home triumphant that he has killed a huge lioness that he claims was taken half a dozen of his best cattle. Bertie is distraught in the knowledge that it is most likely the mother of the young white lion cub. A week or so passes and Bertie was suddenly awoken by a commotion outside by the waterhole. He looks out and sees that the white lion cub is surrounded by hyenas. He quickly runs outside and scares off the preying hyenas and he and his mother take the young lion into the house. After an argument ensued between Bertie's mother and father the white lion cub becomes part of the family. Bertie and the lion cub do everything together, wash, eat, drink. Bertie even reads to him. Bertie has the best year of his life but it's shattered when his father decides that it would be best for him to go to a boarding school in England. Bertie's immediate concern is what will happen to his lion. His father breaks the news that the lion is to be sold to a circus owner from France. Bertie is distraught. He decides to take the situation into his own hands and in the middle of the night takes the lion and his father's rifle and sneaks out into the veldt. After some time Bertie fires the rifle and the lion runs off into distance, thankful that he won't have to spend time behind bars in a circus. When the Frenchman comes to the farmhouse to collect the lion Bertie's father has to tell him a lie that he has ran away. However moments later the white lion appears and Bertie runs out to meet him. Bertie quickly realises that the lions fate is sealed and that he will be going to join the circus in France, although promises him that he will one day come and find him. The story continues in Strawbridge, Salisbury where the narrator, who was just ten at the time, meets Bertie. They strike up a friendship after he rescues her kite from being caught up in a tree and he tells her all about his home in Africa, the white lion cub, how recently his mother had died and his father had remarried, and that he is running away from school. She subsequently persuades Bertie to return to school but to promise that they will meet under the same tree every Sunday. From then on Bertie and Millie met, every Sunday at three in the afternoon, and talked and talked and became the best of friends. When they separated and went off to college they kept up an unflagging correspondence. However, when war breaks out Millie receives a letter from Bertie saying that he has enlisted in the army. Next Millie tells the young boy of Bertie's experience at war, from his time in the trenches with the sound of shells and machine gun fire, and how he was hit in the leg by a bullet and managed to rescue two fellow soldiers from certain death. Millie then explains how she became a nurse and went to France in the hope of finding Bertie. When she finds him they spend every Sunday together much like they did when they were children. One Sunday they discover a poster which read Le Prince Blanc - The White Prince! Although the circus had recently closed they track down the circus owner and there Bertie and the white lion are reunited. Subsequently, after much persuasion with a Colonel, the three of them return to England where Bertie and Millie get married. Mille then tells of the lion's demise in old age and his ultimate death. Bertie was inconsolable for a long time until he decides upon a fitting memorial by carving a lion in the hillside. After its completion butterflies would come and drink on the chalk face which is how the white lion became their butterfly lion. After finishing the story Millie takes the young boy back to school where upon he discovers a small brass plaque denoting the death of Albert Andrews VC. It's a beautifully written book full of wonderful imagery and emotion that encapsulates every reader. It is also accompanied by lovely black and grey sketched images produced by Christian Birmingham. The Butterfly Lion can be deemed as cross curricular as it deals with historical issues through Bertie's experience in World War I. It can also interest the reader into geography and travel as the story line drifts between the plains of South Africa, to England, and then on to war torn France. The book contains some mature themes such as loss, bereavement and war and is therefore largely suitable to children between the ages of 8 and 12. It can be used in a variety of ways within the classroom from being read by the teacher, as a guided reading book to encourage children to discuss issues relating to friendship, loss and related emotions. Alternatively it can be used as an example of literature when planning a series of lessons dealing with topics mentioned above if the children are to be set a piece of creative writing on such a topic. Ultimately Morpurgo's books are a great anthology to encourage children to read for pleasure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I've had this book on my TBR shelf for a few months now. I bought it to complete the Popsugar 2017 challenge but after looking at it several times as I was browsing my bookshelf I was reluctant to read it. I'd briefly flicked through it after buying and noticed that a) it was very thin - around 125 pages and b) the writing was quite large. After looking through the blurb I noticed that this was a children's book. And my heart sank. It wasn't going to fulfil me, I thought; it won't be my type of I've had this book on my TBR shelf for a few months now. I bought it to complete the Popsugar 2017 challenge but after looking at it several times as I was browsing my bookshelf I was reluctant to read it. I'd briefly flicked through it after buying and noticed that a) it was very thin - around 125 pages and b) the writing was quite large. After looking through the blurb I noticed that this was a children's book. And my heart sank. It wasn't going to fulfil me, I thought; it won't be my type of thing. Well, lordy, how wrong I was! I loved it. Yes, it is for children and it is very basic in its writing style and all those things but the depth of story for such a short piece was fantastic and although it was a little far-fetched (rightly so; it is a children's book after all) I caught myself smiling throughout the hour it took me to complete. Will I recommend it? Absolutely. Children will love this. And if you're a big kid like me, you adults will too. Buy it for the kids and when they're asleep, read it yourself and marvel in this beautiful little story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    yaybooks

    I was gifted this book by my aunt, and I'm so glad she did because I don't think I would have read this book otherwise. It was a quick and light read, and it was beautiful. I'm a little confused because of the ending, and it was an interesting choice to end a book that way (as in AHHH HOW COULD YOU) so. I'm angry. Also, (view spoiler)[who told him the story if the woman has died? (hide spoiler)] . That doesn't make sense. UNLESS (view spoiler)[she's a ghost. Which doesn't make any more sense but I was gifted this book by my aunt, and I'm so glad she did because I don't think I would have read this book otherwise. It was a quick and light read, and it was beautiful. I'm a little confused because of the ending, and it was an interesting choice to end a book that way (as in AHHH HOW COULD YOU) so. I'm angry. Also, (view spoiler)[who told him the story if the woman has died? (hide spoiler)] . That doesn't make sense. UNLESS (view spoiler)[she's a ghost. Which doesn't make any more sense but that's the only explanation. It just happened without any prior indication, which is my only concern. (hide spoiler)] But anyway, 'twas a good read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    LB Taylor

    One of my favourite books of ALL time!!!! I love this book. ♡♡♡ it's moving and full of compassion. It is about a boy who lives in Africa and rescues a starving lion cub. They become friends forever and even long distance can't separate their friendship. I read this book first with my nana and I loved it! Since then I have read lots of his books including Kaspar the prince of cats, King of the cloud forests and many more!!! One of my favourite books of ALL time!!!! I love this book. ♡♡♡ it's moving and full of compassion. It is about a boy who lives in Africa and rescues a starving lion cub. They become friends forever and even long distance can't separate their friendship. I read this book first with my nana and I loved it! Since then I have read lots of his books including Kaspar the prince of cats, King of the cloud forests and many more!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    17sikoraz213

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a boy (Bertie) who rescues and orphaned white lion from an African veld. However, Bertie is sent to boarding school in England and the lion is sent to a circus. A couple of years later, they reunite, but the lion starts to age and sadly dies. This book is interesting because it makes the reader connected to the boy. However, the book could have more detail about how Bertie carries on with his life without the lion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Crofts

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's a cute story, but it's also boring, it lacked depth, I know it's a short book but it's as though something was missing. I did like reading it but it's nothing special. The ending was strange too, was the old lady a ghost or a vision? It's not explained well and it doesn't seem very Michael Morpurgo. It's a cute story, but it's also boring, it lacked depth, I know it's a short book but it's as though something was missing. I did like reading it but it's nothing special. The ending was strange too, was the old lady a ghost or a vision? It's not explained well and it doesn't seem very Michael Morpurgo.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tsana

    An excellent story. I could not put the book down. "Mustn't run off, you know. You've got to stick it out, see things through, do what's got to be done, no matter what. " "What you don't know, you don't grieve over" An excellent story. I could not put the book down. "Mustn't run off, you know. You've got to stick it out, see things through, do what's got to be done, no matter what. " "What you don't know, you don't grieve over"

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