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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. Books for Keeps The sumptuous watercolour illustrations carry this tale into the realm of the sublime, communicating the power of guardian beings and altruism in a remote world where spirit and nature merge. Although this is a children's book, it will primarily resonate with adults as it weaves its themes of shamanism, compassion and the beauty and power of the natural world. Light of Consciousness The story is told in a few poetic paragraphs set against visionary scenes in saturated colours. 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. Books for Keeps 5 stars. One of our favourite books of the year. www.bettybookmark.co.uk You only have to look at the cover to see that Jackie Morris has created an extraordinary book here... Jackie has achieved a rare feat where the text is more than a match for her fantastic illustrations. An enchanting 'must' for every school. Scholastic Best Books of 2008 Jackie Morris's strength as an illustrator lies in her ability not only to capture the physical presence of an animal like the snow leopard, its movement, the texture of its pelt, the power of the muscles beneath the skin, so that you can almost see its breath in the cold air and smell its warmth - but also somehow to evoke the wonder that we humans can feel whenwe meet it, an awe that is intensified by the harsh remoteness of its habitat and the rarity of its appearances even there. Morris's best illustrations have a meditative quality. The story here accompanies and overlays them like a soft, lyrical chant, causing a sense of timelessness and peace, despite the moments of drama within the tale... A dreamlike contemplation of the mystery, beauty and implicit tension between the natural and the human worlds. Ibby Link A fine fable is created by Jackie Morris and her own stunningly lovely illustrations add to the beauty of the book. School Librarian

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Jackie Morris lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs, and cats. Since leaving college, the Bath Academy of Art, at least one cat has watched over her while she works. Big cats and small are a passion in her life, and it was while reading and watching her cat, Pixie, sleeping in winter that the idea for I am Cat came about. Her work includes The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, Tell me a Dragon, and How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes.

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The true spirit of snow leopards Jan. 1 2008
By Amanda K. Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 Amazon.com
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
Beautiful Pictures, Creative Story about Spirit and Life Jan. 3 2010
By Y. Gastelum - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this is a beautiful story accompanied with beautiful pictures. Snow leopards are just awesome and I happen to love animals so this book seemed like a good choice. I saw it at the bookstore at the zoo and then read good reviews on Amazon. It is definitely a keeper. The story might be too long for younger readers, but the pictures are so great that you can skip some of the text. You can also add your own if your child is still in preschool (like mine) and might not understand why "soldiers are bad". That is the only part of the story that is a bit much for a younger crowd. The best part is the idea that the snow leopard has a special duty (to protect) and a limited time before it must choose another snow leopard to take it's place. It helps explain (in a magical way) the purpose people and in this case, animals, have on this earth and that there is a connection between them. Very good book.

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