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THE SNOW LEOPARD by Jackie Morris


by Jackie Morris & illustrated by Jackie Morris

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-84507-600-9
Publisher: Frances Lincoln

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)