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Highlights of the 2009-2010 One Book One Community project

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In 2009 we chose The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

The project was launched on 6th November 2009 at 11.00 a.m. in Terence MacSwiney Community College with special guest Seán Óg Ó hAilpín.We are delighted to announce that the project won first prize in its group in the AIB Better Ireland Awards, in April 2010, winning a prize of €5000.

Scroll down for a photo gallery of events to remind you of what went on during the year.

About The Book

The Butterfly Lion by Michael MorpurgoMichael runs away from school. An old lady gives him shelter from the rain and tells him a story: '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 grows up and goes to war in France. One day he sees a familiar face on a circus poster.'

  • Michael, the runaway boy
  • Millie
  • Bertie
  • the white lion
  • Bertie's parents
  • Monsieur Merlot

Activities to download

Butterfly Lion Colouring Competition  Butterfly Lion colouring page (PDF file, 406 KB) 
Make a White Lion

Make a white lion from pipe cleaners and wool. Download instructions in PDF format!

lioncraft  Make A White Lion (PDF file, 527 KB)