The Butterfly Lion


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.

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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

Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
“A master storyteller at his best” The Sunday Times

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo  is one of Britain’s best loved writers for children, with sales of over 35 million copies. He has written over 150 books, has served as Children’s Laureate, and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Writers Guild Award, the Whitbread Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Eleanor Farjeon Lifetime Achievement Award. With his wife, Clare, he is the co-founder of Farms for City Children. Michael was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

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Michael Morpurgo

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Ideal age

9 Years and up