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The Butterfly Lion by 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 the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.


At first glance this book looks just like something my teachers would make me read in middle school. That’s not to say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it, I just most likely wouldn’t have chosen it for myself. That’s probably why I had put off reading it for so long. My friend had recommended it to me about 4 different times, and it’s a Heather’s Pick (Heather, CEO of Chapters Indigo, guarantees this book or your money back!) so I decided it was time to give it a shot.

I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely a Heathers Pick for a reason. This book was everything I expected it to be, and so much more. It was smart, well written and definitely had some wonderful life lessons woven throughout.

A lot of this story was surprisingly relatable. Β I expect its because the author placed real life experiences throughout the story. There were some very surprising turn of events as well! And the ending definitely gave me chills. I actually said “wow” at the end.

Everyone should give this book a read! If you love animals, If you love adventures, if you love heartwarming tales of friendship, put this at the top of your list! Parents, borrow it from your kids! Adults with no children, go grab if for yourself! It’s a well paced novel with no lulls. I would definitely re-read this one! And will be recommending it to anyone who will listen! πŸ˜‰

I gave this book a *9.5 / 10*

Check out this video of Michael Morpurgo reading from his book “The Butterfly Lion”. I watched this before I read the story myself, and his voice is what I heard in my head as I read.

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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens. Hopefully Pig has learned a lesson!


Pig the pug is such a fun story! I had found this book by accident when someone had asked me to help them find a book on pug dogs. The cover illustration was so intriguing I just had to take a look inside!

This silly story of a pug named pig who just won’t share gives us plenty of opportunities to talk about right and wrong, nice and not so nice, and how to be a good friend! It really talks about sharing in a fun way!

Bonus points for the fact that it rhymes!! Books that rhyme are just so much fun to read to kids! And if they like to read books repeatedly, like the kids I read to do, it very quickly turns into a learning tool!

I give this book *8/10*

 

Larry Gets Lost Under the Sea written by Eric Ode and John Skewes

At the beach with Pete and his family, Larry the lovable pup follows a crustacean toward the sea and is swept out by a wave. He dog paddles around, exploring the plant and animal life before coming face-to-face with an oceanographer who leads him on a thrilling adventure through the layers of the ocean before he’s finally reunited with his best friend, Pete, back at the beach.


This was an unexpected find! I was looking for a great summer read and pulled this book off the shelf because the spine was so bright! What I found inside gave me a new favorite summer picture book!

The story is adventurous and sweet! The illustrations are colorful and fun! And we learn a lot with Larry!

This story is told in whimsical verse. I love a good rhyme!! My favorite part has to be the labels and definitions though. You can read them as you go, or go back after the story is finished.

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Although this book is in the preschool ages 3-5 section, this story is great for many ages! It would be a wonerful read in a group setting.

Go ahead and have fun getting lost with Larry! πŸ™‚

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