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The Butterfly Lion

The Butterfly Lion

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Morpurgo is really good at telling stories of friendships between children and animals, often while also telling of war. The story is kept interesting by flipping from one generation to the next, and by setting it in different places. The contrast of loneliness and companionship, of the horrors of war and the joys of love and friendship are, in my opinion, what make his stories stick.

The Butterfly Lion transports the reader/listener to two very different continents and several different stages in time. The book is about a boy who skips shcool and goes to an old womens house and the old women tells a story about a young boy. 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. 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 think it is important to be reminded about how special animals can be to humans when human over-population threatens their habitat and makes so many wild animas endangered. I particularly liked the descriptions of the African settings, perhaps because my parents both grew up in Africa. 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. This book is a short novel in fairly large print with charming illustrations that is suitable for readers of all ages. 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.

The book was adapted into a stage play by Daniel Buckroyd of the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, which toured the UK in 2014. This emotional novel tells the story of a lonely boy who runs away from boarding school and befriends an old lady who tells him an incredible story of friendship between a boy who was lonely like himself, until he adopted a white lion cub on his farm in Africa. I add my voice to the majority of commentators who rate this book highly for children of all ages, even into their old age!

I bought this book for my nine year old granddaughter after she had read Kensukes Kingdom from the school library. 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!

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. 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.When the lion dies, Bertie and Millie carve a lion out of the chalk in the hillside in memorial, before Bertie dies himself.

Sweeping across decades and continents, the butterfly lion provides a combination of love stories, a boy and his lion; a boy and a girl; a man and a woman. The story is that of a boy, Michael, running away from boarding school and meeting an old woman who tells him of another young boy, Bertie, who had once done the same. Comment: The spine or cover may be slightly worn but the book is otherwise in good condition and will provide thought provoking read!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.

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