Bertie South Africa compound (he was lonely, because he had no friends)Waterhole CattleHyenas, impala, elephants giraffs wildebeests, baboonsTea and SconesBertie's mother Mala ria always depressedBertie's father was always away looking after cattlenarrator is Michael Morpurgostory takes place in 1980squeaky beds disgusting food detentions bully who torments him doesn't like sportsMillie tell Michael story lion, because Michael asked her shape on the hillside wasMillie's mother dead and Millie's father works in London, Millie love fly kites and read books, She no brothers or sisters and she had a Nanny and a governessThe Frenchman was the owner of a circus who wanted to buy the white lion for his circus. He promised Bertie he was going to treat the lion well.The first promise was that the lion wouldn't live behind bars and the other promise was that he would find him.Bertie met Millie after he had escaped from boarding school and she was flying her kite in the park. When the war started, Bertie became a soldier and Millie became a nurse.Bertie won the Victoria Cross by saving two soldiers who were seriously injured in No Man's Land. He had been shot in the leg.
Millie was reading a magazine and found and article that said that Bertie had won the Victoria Cross.First they saw a poster that said “Le Cirque Merlot” with a lion's picture and then Bertie asked the owner of a cafe where they could find him.Michael discovered that Millie was dead, she had passed away 10 years before (in fact, a few months after Bertie had died). Mr Cook, the History teacher, helped him find the plaque.The title of the book refers to the lion on the hillside. Bertie and Millie had carved the shape of the lion and covered it in chalk. When the rain stops, blue butterflies come and drink water from the lion; creating a living creature: a butterfly lion.