Author – Michael Morpurgo
“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.
A book that has you hooked from start to finish. A heartfelt story of the relationship between man and animal, and the strength of love that is able to span over many many years.
If you’re a bit emotional, especially when it comes to animals, crying will definitely occur! I read this book years ago when I was young and have continued to remember and reread it since. In my opinion, signs of a great book include both those things plus the fact that you are transported to the world of Bertie and the white lion.
I personally feel that the whole story leads back to Bertie’s relationship with the lion. However, some readers may feel that the story also revolves around Bertie’s relationship with Millie.
I highly recommend this book for all those whose interests lie in these sorts of things.