Published: June 2007
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 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 it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.
Watch Michael reading an extract and talking about the inspiration behind the book.
Thursday, 31st May 2012
This latest story from Michael Morpugo to reach the stage is, like his triumphant War Horse, a tale of enduring friendship between man and beast. This, though, has a rather more exotic star than a cart horse. It’s an African white lion, a genetic oddity apparently now extinct in the wild.
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saffron brown says:
This is a book full of adventure and trust me, you wont want to put it down, thats a common thing with Michael Morpurgo. He has the affect that if you put the book down, something big will happen whilst your not reading, the longest its taken me to read one of his books was 4days.
The butterfly lion is my 2nd favorite book you have written! The first is private peaceful! I have both on audio booke is! I have a question about the butterfly lion, where is it set? I ask this because I live in leighton buzzard and there is a white lion on the hill side (just like it says in the book!) you are my faveorte author and the book I have by you are:
.Billy the kid
And the ones i have on audio
.the butterfly lion
And I am saving up for the butterfly lion and kensuke’s kingdom is book form
wow another amazing book for micheal morpurgo.This was the first book I ever read off micheal morpurgo,and it was amazing.I love adventure storys which is why I love this book sooooooooooo much.
i love this book and i love the part when the little boy ran away from school
i love this book so much
I have enjoyed reading this book three years in a row to my year 3 classes and they have loved it. Listening intently through the story and enjoying the poignant end (and me struggling to compose myself!). It is beautifully written and the fact that our school is situated near the White Lion on the Dunstable downs adds extra magic. Sorry Mr Morpurgo, but when the class ask if the story is real and the Whipsnade lion is the one in the story, I don’t deny it. I just give the most twinkly, magical smile I can muster!
i love the butterfly lion it is a great book the lion is wicked i would recoemend it to any0ne i love it!!!!!!
luis suarez says:
best book ever
I think the butterfly lion is a great book i am enjoying it very much.
I love this book lots.
This book is the best book I have ever read .
and i have read .
. Private peaceful
.Billy the kid
.The butterfly lion
the butter fly lion is amazing best book ever
I really like the butterfly lion its very gripy it makes you want to read on. I have read it 2 times but i still like it
i think its a great book and i am now finished it was gr8
yours sencerly declan
I am 9 years old, I know its a young age but I am so fond of reading these michael morpurgo books and they have definitly stolen my heart! This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read!
This book is the best book ever!
Dancing trailor says:
The friendship between Bertie and the lion is really trusting,as it was really a sad story. It is really a story that everyone should read!
It’s the best book I’ve read before!
Luna the moon says:
It’s really the best book!!
If I had a chose I would go for the Butterfly Lion. it is the best book ever. :):):)
This is a relly good book. My class and I have been reading what is your best book.
I relay love your book The Butterfly Lion.I love the relationship of Bertie and the white lion.If you wanted to would you write another one? From munchkin
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