The Snow Leopardby Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
From the beginning of time, high above the hidden valley, Snow Leopard has sung the stars to life, the sun to rise and the moon to wax and wane. She has woven words of protection to keep the hidden valley safe from the world and as she sings, a child lies dreaming the song down in the valley beneath. But time is passing, and Snow Leopard needs to find a singer who
From the beginning of time, high above the hidden valley, Snow Leopard has sung the stars to life, the sun to rise and the moon to wax and wane. She has woven words of protection to keep the hidden valley safe from the world and as she sings, a child lies dreaming the song down in the valley beneath. But time is passing, and Snow Leopard needs to find a singer who will follow her. But while she is searching, soldiers come looking for gold and slaves. Jackie Morris's poetic text weaves the spirit of nature into a universal myth for our time, drawing threads of transformation into a children's story glistening with wonder. Set against the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas, her superlative illustrations of the nearly-extinct Snow Leopard offer a message of hope at a time when many of the world's wildest places are being worn away by human beings.
The New York Times
Gr 1-3- High in the Himalayas, Snow Leopard watches over a village in a remote valley. The animal is a Mergichan, a "pure and powerful being" that acts as a guardian spirit. After soldiers invade the village, she infiltrates their dreams with images that make them flee so peace can return. As the sacred cat ages, she chooses a young girl to learn her secrets. Eventually the Child completes her transformation into the next protecting Snow Leopard, and the old cat blends into the Milky Way. Lush watercolors of mountain landscapes fit well with the epic, mystical premise of the tale. However, striking illustrations of snow leopards and wintry panoramas don't provide a compelling enough reason for most libraries to add this odd tale to their collections.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Meet the Author
JACKIE MORRIS lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs and cats. A best-selling author of more than 30 books for children, she was shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2016: the UK's biggest picture book prize. Among her many books for Frances Lincoln are The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, Tell me a Dragon, and How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes.
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This is an absolutely stunning and beautiful book - both the gorgeous illustrations and the story. I highly recommend.