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The Butterfly Lion

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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LoveReading View on The Butterfly Lion

The inspiring magic of a white lion brings friendship and hope to a lonely ten year old. Miserable at his boarding school, Bertie runs away. He is rescued by a kind old lady who tells him of how another Bertie, a little boy from a long time before, saved an orphaned lion cub in Africa. The symbol of the white lion becomes an emblem of hope as well as a link across generations. Michael Morpurgo is skilful in weaving together magical and real stories. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Lovereading view: One of our 'Must Reads'. We're told by the author that The Butterfly Lion grew from several magical roots: the memories of a small boy who tried to run away from school a long time ago; a book about a pride of white lions discovered by Chris McBride; a chance meeting in a lift with Virginia McKenna, actress and champion of lions and all creatures born free; a true story of a soldier of the First World War who rescued some circus animals in France from certain death; and the sighting from a train of a white horse carved out on a chalky hillside near Westbury in Wiltshire. A book to savour and to read and re-read time and time again. The whole family will be enthralled by its powerful and gripping story and will weep and cheer by turns.


The Butterfly Lion Synopsis

The story of a young boy who rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African bush. They remain inseparable until Bertie has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold to a circus. Years later they are reunited, until the lion gently dies of old age.

The Butterfly Lion Reader Reviews

A small number of children were invited to read and review this title.  You can read their reviews below.

Amrit Bunet, age 15 - 'Anyone will be able to read this heartwarming story and feel a smile creep across their face. This is one of Morpurgo's great works and will always be one to remember.'  Click Here to read the full review.

Elspeth Paterson, age 9 - 'This short book is really well written and I enjoyed reading it...Reading this makes me feel happy; like I am sitting in a tree looking out over the savannah watching all the animals as the story unfolds.'  Click Here to read the full review.

Bethany Urquhart, age 7 - 'Reading the book made me feel like I was actually there.'  Click Here to read the full review.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780006751038
Publication date: 07/05/1996
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780006751038
Publication date: 7th May 1996
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...

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