The Butterfly Lion
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I bought it to complete a Goodreads challenge but after looking at it several times as I was browsing my bookshelf I was reluctant to read it. I feel that this book is very effective in introducing the serious emotions that children may experience.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. This book is suitable for key stage 2 children as, whilst the language in the book is simple and the story is uncomplicated, I feel that the emotions that Bertie experiences can be better understand by slightly older children. 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! Many years later, Bertie was fighting for England in the Great War in France, when he saw a poster with a white lion on it advertising a nearby circus. But knowing how much the two cared about one another just made it worse (or better, from a storyteller's point of view).
I feel that Bertie's deduction that whilst he wants to help his mother he can only do so much as a child.
Michael is good at using his imagination thats why I like his books but out of all the books he's written The Butterfly lion is the best. 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. This is a book which I found in the library corner of my year 2 class and as an animal lover it really appealed to me.
Finished reading this to Cullen and I had to swallow a lump in my throat so I wouldn't burst into tears (good tears, not bad tears). She enjoyed this book very much and had read parts of it to me explaining the story as we went along.
A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. I felt that it would be particularly beneficial if the children could experience the audiobook version. It is a small book and so would be great for children who sometimes can feel intimidated by the amount of pages in a book. His little white lion went with him everywhere, and at the end of each day they would watch the sun go down together.