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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (April 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845076680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845076689
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 30.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The true spirit of snow leopards Jan. 1 2008
By Amanda K. Byrne - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I work for a wild cat sanctuary, have known a snow leopard, and this book truly captures their incredible above-the-world spirit. The story is as an old legend retold and the illustrations capture all the magic in the story.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Beauty and Power of the Natural World Feb. 13 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This book is a must for your book shelf, whether you are a cat-lover or not, whether you have children or not, whether you are young or old. In our relentless pursuit of material pleasures and more, more, more, we are becoming increasingly alienated from the power and beauty of the natural world. This book ever so subtly promotes a compassionate relationship with the creatures of this earth, all the while subtly embracing the subject of species endangerment due to global warming. Beautiful illustrations and the language of myth bring the story alive.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Snow Leopard May 12 2008
By John L. Wright - Published on
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This a beautifully illustrated story that should appeal to adults as well as children. We will be taking a copy to our grandson in the next week or so and will see if someone about to turn 5 years old can appreciate it. He will no doubt love the drawings; not sure about the story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Few of the Kids' Books my Mother Alerted me to read March 31 2010
By Charles Morgan - Published on
Format: Paperback
If Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the laughing book(as in my husband: "OK, it's time to put away the laughing book, now and go to sleep"),
then Snow Leopard is the crying book, or one of them. My mother recommends kids' books to explain spiritual subjects that always have me in tears.
For instance, Samsara Dog explains reincarnation, if that's what you want to have explained.

But The Snow Leopard is a bit of a shamanistic power-animal fantasy. It reminds me of a place like Tibet in the Himalayas, where a young girl is mentored by a big snow leopard.
When she has trained well, and it's time for the animal to move on, there is one last good-bye and it's a huge, beautiful water color of the girl and the cat nose-to-nose.
Very tearful but with the promise of strength and hope for the child's future, as well as for the spirit of the snow-cat.
Definitely if you or your kids like cats.

A feminist girl's book, if you want your kid to see how a girl becomes a Buddhist nun through martial arts, is Beautiful Warrior.

And there's a great book about how to make moving your home easier on the cat, which looks like a kids book but I really think it is almost more useful for adults,
because it shows in pictures how to make it more bearable for him/her. I'll have to find that one and get back with the title.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous illustrations, lacks story line July 22 2013
By SP Sandsteel - Published on
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This is really more like a poetry book in prose form. It is not a children's book. The prose is beautiful, evoking powerful imagery and descriptions, but after I finished reading it aloud to my children, 6&8, they looked at me and said, "But what was it ABOUT?" And I had to answer, "I don't know."

There is a child in the story, and as now leopard and through magical, mystical language a war is described and a child sleeping and a leopard roaming, but who knows if the child is a metaphor or if she died, or if the leopard is the embodiment of a local legend, or a literal leopard.

I majored in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and even I think this is baloney. However, the words ARE beautiful so if you don't mind reading pretty words but being a bit confused about who did what precisely when, then you'll be ok. The pictures are extraordinary, and we kept the book and still read it from time to time, but joke about how we still don't know what it's about.

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