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SECRET OF THE SNOW LEOPARD by Tenzing Norbu Lama

SECRET OF THE SNOW LEOPARD

By Tenzing Norbu Lama (Author) , Stephane Frattini (Author) , Tenzing Norbu Lama (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-88899-544-X
Publisher: Groundwood

A short pilgrimage climaxed by a tense confrontation with a snow leopard eases a Tibetan child’s grief and anger in this atmospheric sequel to the book (2002) and film Himalaya (2001). Defying his new stepfather Karma, Tsering sneaks off into the mountain pass where his father died two years before. At nearly the same time, he comes upon a cave painted with strange glyphs, and a snarling leopard; by the time Karma catches up, Tsering has driven the predator away, finished his climb, and planted a prayer flag at the pass’s summit. The narrative is laced with cultural information, as characters unselfconsciously undertake both everyday tasks and special rituals; the strong-lined illustrations, done in an amalgam of Tibetan and western styles, add further detail, and also a sense of otherworldliness. This story will have more meaning for readers familiar with its predecessor, but by the end, seeing Tsering lose his sullenness and grow closer to his gentle stepfather, children will appreciate both his inner growth and his exciting brush with death. (Picture book. 8-10)