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The Butterfly Lion

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Later, when fighting in France in the First World War, he saves two men's lives and is given a Victoria Cross. 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. You could also consider Lilly’s perspective, when she met Bertie or when he went away to fight in the war. 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 .

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 explores the childhood of Bertie in Africa, his move to Britain, his friendship with Millie as well as his participation in World War Two.

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.

The Butterfly Lion transports the reader/listener to two very different continents and several different stages in time. It always deals with the issue of loneliness, no doubt experienced by many children, especially those who are enduring life at a boarding school where they might be a relative outsider.The book was adapted into a stage play by Daniel Buckroyd of the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, which toured the UK in 2014. The character of the boy mirrors that of the husband Bertie as they both run way and have to deal with loneliness. Millie, who has become a nurse in the hopes of finding Bertie, reads about him in a newspaper and the two are reunited.

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. After the success of War Horse my local theatre had an upcoming production of this Morpurgo classic. 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! 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. 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.

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. Sir Michael Andrew Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Warning: this review may have spoilers** It wasn't my type the start was good but after it got boring.It was an amazing story because it showed how important and special a promise can be and how awful loneliness must be and how friendship can overcome it. I would deeply recommend Michael Morpurgo's books, because his stories take you to different worlds that are really hard to leave behind when you finish the book.

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