The Snow Leopard Paperback – Apr 7 2014
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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
About the Author
Jackie Morris lives in Wales with her two children, two dogs and five cats and makes a living by drawing, colouring in and dreaming. She enjoys walking, swimming in the sea and reading, especially children's books. She regularly exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide.
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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.