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The Snow Leopard [Paperback]

Jackie Morris

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April 7 2014
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 weavesthe 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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Power of the Natural World Feb. 13 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous illustrations, lacks story line July 22 2013
By SP Sandsteel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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