The Butterfly Lion Synopsis

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Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

This lesson tells the summary of the book The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. You'll learn about a young boy who runs away from his boarding school and meets an old woman named Millie, who tells him an amazing story. Updated: 04/11/2021

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The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo is the story of a young boy, Michael, who runs away from his boarding school. He comes across a house and meets the old woman, Millie, who lives there. She tells him an amazing story about a boy and a white lion who became friends.

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The Butterfly Lion Synopsis

Bertie is a young boy who lives with his parents on a compound, or a closed-in farm, in Africa. One day, his father kills a lion mother, leaving behind a little white lion cub. Bertie later takes in the cub to raise it because it doesn't have a mother. His mother is excited about the cub, but his father is not very happy.

Soon, Bertie and the lion cub are the best of friends. The cub sleeps at the foot of Bertie's bed, Bertie bottle-feeds him several times a day, and the two spend most of their time together. Before Bertie met the cub, he had been bored and lonely. Bertie longed to leave the farm and explore the outside world, and his parents felt guilty that he doesn't have a sibling or friend. The cub becomes his friend and his source of adventure.

The lion grows up, and so does Bertie. Bertie is forced to go to boarding school in England, which means he and the lion will have to separate. The lion is sent off to the circus, but Bertie vows to reunite with the lion some day.

At boarding school, Bertie is miserable. He misses the lion very much. One Sunday, Bertie sneaks away from his school. He meets a young girl named Millie, who is actually the old woman telling Michael this story, and they become very close friends.

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