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The Snow Leopard
     

The Snow Leopard

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by Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The Snow Leopard combines her own story with vivid and beautiful full page paintings. Commitment to the protection of the natural world is implicit in the story, and the lyrical tone perfectly suits the creation of a new and appealing ecomyth.
Bruno Navasky
The book succeeds largely through vivid watercolor illustrations that meld ink-brush abstraction and subtle detail into a gorgeous fantasy. Morris, who has illustrated more than two dozen books, paints a dramatic portrait of the snow leopard and her environment; the big cat glides from flatness to depth across a landscape dressed in stark blue-whites and blue-blacks. With its focus on a severely endangered animal at a time of global warming and species eradication, The Snow Leopard sends a valuable message about the beauty and power of the natural world.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
Highlighted by close-ups of a magnificent snow leopard rendered in subtly blended watercolors, this mystical original tale will transport readers to its remote, otherworldly setting. "High in the tallest mountains of the world lies the Mergich Realm, a sacred place of magic and mystery where pure and powerful beings, Mergichans, dwell." One such, a leopard who was once human but also "sang the stars to life," has been guarding a hidden valley where a child dreams and hears that song. When the old leopard's protective song weakens to the point that soldiers invade, she drives them off with nightmares, then carries the child up into the mountains to pass on both the song and the animal form. The dappled leopard, sometimes looking transparent around the edges, has a strongly spiritual presence but also reflects the hues and character of the rugged, snowy landscape she protects. It may all seem overdone to adults, but younger animal lovers and dreamy sorts will linger over both the art and the story. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076009
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD1180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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The Snow Leopard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely stunning and beautiful book - both the gorgeous illustrations and the story. I highly recommend.