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Michael Morpurgo , Christian Birmingham
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Book Description

1996

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; Special "Ottakar's" Edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006751032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006751038
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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“The Butterfly Lion is unique among animals and books, and will touch all hearts – both young and old.” – Virginia McKenna, Born Free Foundation

“The Butterfly Lion tells of loneliness and love in a way that is wholly appropriate for young readers.” – Julia Eccleshare, chair of the adult judging panel, Smarties Prize 1996

“A magical, mysterious story with the power to draw readers back again and again.” – Jenny Morris, adult judging panel, Smarties Prize 1996

“This beautiful story of love and war has everything – even a great twist.” – Young Telegraph

“This sensitive, highly visual story deserves to be recognised as a masterpiece.” – Junior Education

“The most beautifully crafted story I’ve read for a long time.” – Wendy Cooling

“Morpurgo writes with a fine mixture of clarity, depth and feeling.” – Sunday Times

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Author

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.

To Chris McBride, Virigina McKenna and Gina Pollinger - many many thanks. And to you the reader - enjoy it! Michael Morpurgo (FEB 1996)


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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favourite books!!! 4 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
I liked the book because when I read a chapter I always want to read more to get to the exciting bit.The best part of the book was when Bertie meets the white lion because I know how it feels when you haven't seen a friend for several years.

This is one of the best books I have ever read and I can't wait to read other Michael Morpurgo books.

I would recommend this book to anyone from age 7 onwards.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Morpurgo, my favourite author, wrote this touching book full of both tears of joy and of sorrow. It is full of laughter, grief and a few escapes from boring boarding school. Another good quality of this book is that it is like Michael Morpurgo is recounting this event but I don't think this actually happened, (but I wish it had).
This book is definitely one of my favourite books, one down from my all time favourite, (which most probably will never be replaced), `Little Foxes'. It will enchant anyone, adult or child, who pick it up; they will be unable to put it down until the very end of this book, it certainly happened with me! I would rate it, as you can probably guess, 10/ 10 because Morpurgo you have once again fascinated me with one of your unique and clever tales.
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
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I have just read The Butterfly Lion to my Literacy group in Year 4.
They gasped and sniffed in all the right places. One boy said he thought the story was over in the middle section and had wondered that night how the story could move through the remaining pages.
They sat in silence to hear the story everyday. I would certainly recommend it to other teachers as it can be enjoyed by children of all abilities. Adults will also enjoy the themes and the story itself.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book for adults and children 23 Feb 2001
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Format:Paperback
As with many great childrens books, this novel has an equal appeal for young and old alike. Its scope is wide and it reminds me in many ways of Sebastian Faulks 'Birdsong'. An unhappy schoolboy runs away and encounters an old lady who tells him her remarkable life story. Her husband, brought up in Africa, came to England at the same time as his pet white lion was sent to a circus in France. Always hoping to find the lion he eventually comes across him again after he is wounded fighting in the first world war trenches. With themes of relationships and love, any reader can identify with these wonderful characters. Very highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Roaring Success!' 28 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
My 6-year old son loved this book. He really enjoyed reading about the old-lady's life, going back in time and the mystery of where the lion went. He was keen to get to bed at night so he could keep on reading. This book sparked his interest in all things Morpurgo. It's great for a young child beginning to read chapter books by themselves, before starting Morpurgo's other books that have deeper, more mature themes. As a family, we all loved it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful twist at the end. 26 Mar 2000
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Format:Paperback
I read this book to myself and couldn't put it down. You are drawn into the story being told and although you may predict what is going to happen there is always a surprise awaiting you. It is able to capture both adult and children's imaginations and leaves you in a sense of wonder. My own nine year old twins just wouldn't let me stop reading and each night the next installment was greeted with great enthusiasm. It will make you cry, laugh and think.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTLY BRILL, GRIPPING AND GREAT! 14 Dec 2005
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Format:Paperback
when i picked up this book i didn't have a clue who michael morpurgo was but when i read this book it told me that he is a fantastic author! The story of which brilliant and exciting,every little bit left you wanting to read more. Becasue i could not put the book down i finshed it in one day and read till half past 11 at night!It was absolulty brilliant and i hope you would enjoy it as much as i did!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical 15 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book. I bought it for my ten year old cousin and then, thinking that maybe it would be a bit dull and I should have chosen something else, got it out the library to read it for myself. Having become hooked and finishing the book the same night I started it, I know now it was a excellent choice.

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There is so much in this book. It is beautifully written and contains a satisfying twist which I certainly never saw coming. Sometimes the ending of a book leaves you feeling let down or sad because you wish that you were still reading it but this book left me on a high thinking "Wow, this book is seriously good..."
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4.0 out of 5 stars pleased
This product arrived quickly and in good condition as stated by the seller. My children will enjoy this lovely book which doesn't really look second hand
Published 1 day ago by victoria r gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a lovely little book which was beautifully written. The only thing I would say is that I had read it in around half an hour.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs L M Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
I chose this rating as this is a truly wonderful story!
I would recommend this book for readers of all ages - it will touch your hearts.
Published 4 days ago by Anne Pickett
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A young boy, miserable at boarding school, decides to run away. He bumps into an old lady, who, seeing his distress, invites him in for a cup of tea. Read more
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Excellent book. Reading it with my class they couldn't wait for the next chapter. They were sad, glad and happy a great journey was had by all.
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'Interesting and unusual but not quite as good as I expected it to be. It kind of 'runs out of steam'.
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars The butterfly lion
Okay. I admit I bought this on Saturday and read it the hole day.

Ahem. On with the review. Beautifully crafted plot. Unfortunately it is predictable.
Published 1 month ago by Louie
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book!
This book is a very good book but it is sad at the end and a bit ghostly. I liked this book because it is a bit of a tragedy and a bit exciting at the beginning when he uses his... Read more
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it was really good and I've read a lot of these books and enjoyed them especially this one. I recommend it.
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