am 19. Mai 1999
This story is the winner of the Smarties Prize and Writers Guild award. A boy called Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African Veldt. 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 the butterfly lion never forgets their friendship.I would recommend this story to nine to thirteen year olds. I would give this story a mark of ten out of ten for being so interesting and capturing my imagination. My best character was the butterfly lion because I felt really sorry for him that he left his friend to go to the circus. My favourite part is when the butterflies fly away from the chalk picture of the lion on the hillside.
am 21. April 1999
This title was appreciated by enough students and professional librarians and teachers to make the Year 2000 list of nominees for Illinois' childrens' choice award named after the Illinois author Rebecca Caudill. This book is best for grades 4-6. A sweet frame story set in England containing many elements popular with young readers: animals, family, tragedy, and (surprisingly) a ghost!
am 20. Juli 1998
As Millie, an elderly widow, retells the story of her husband Bertie's relationship with a rare white lion, you fall in love with the story and wish something so fantastic could happen to you. The author's attention to the details of the setting make it so real that you can almost see that magical lion. The tender-hearted reader should have a few tissues close by.