Saturday, 12 March 2016

31 Day Blogging Challenge - My Favourite Childhood Book

As a child, I loved to read. I constantly had a book to read and I loved to read all sorts of stories however you could usually find "The Babysitters Club" or "Sweet Valley High" at the side of my bed. I wish I could say that I still carry on that habit but, unless you count education related text books, I'm lucky if I read three or four books in a year. The last book that I read and really, really enjoyed was "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes and I'm really excited that it is going to be made in to a film!

The one book that I will always remember reading from my childhood is called "The Butterfly Lion" by Michael Morpungo. I picked it as one of my books to read during a reading challenge in Primary 7 and I read it over and over again.

It's the story of a white lion cub found by a boy named Bertie in the African veld. He looks after the orphaned lion until he is sent to boarding school. The lion gets sent to the circus but Bertie vows to find him again and take him home. Many years later, he finds the lion and moves to England where they live together, along with Bertie's wife, until the lion dies. To commemorate the lion, they carve him out of chalk on the hillside for all to see.

It has been so long since I read the book that I can't remember the full story but I think it was told from the perspective of Bertie's wife and she tells it to a boy who has run away from boarding school, just like Bertie did. I just remember it captivating me so and I can't wait to get it for the kids to read.

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