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The Snow Leopard [Hardcover]

Jackie Morris
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Book Description

1 Oct 2007
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 weaves the 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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845076001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845076009
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I write and illustrate picture books, not just for children. I live in a small cottage by the sea in Wales with two children who are growing up too fast, six cats and three dogs. When not writing or painting I spend my days searching for a time machine in the hope of having more time to draw and paint and write, walk, listen to music, read, ride the odd horse, wander the beaches looking for blue sea glass, sit and watch birds fly, among other things.
I have a fascination of light, love taking photographs, loosing myself in a good book, the way a writer create a person, a place ut of letters of the alphabet and make it live, make them breathe.
My favorite authors are Robin Hobb, Manda Scott, John Irving, Susan Price.
I have a blog or two.
These days I work mostly on my own texts, but sometimes on those by other writers.
If you want to know more then you can find out so much on my website.

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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 Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs and cats. Ever since leaving college, 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. Among her many books for Frances Lincoln are The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, Tell me a Dragon, and How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes.

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From the beginning of time, out of the silence, Snow Leopard sang the stars to life, the sun to rise and the moon to wax and wane. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars snow leopard 29 Jan 2009
this book has a simple story that children can understand together with fabulous illustrations which no doubt will delight and activate any readers imagination.a blend of the mystical, of friendship, of protecting this story can teach and conjure up many thoughts to whoever reads it. a wonderful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover, a beautiful thing to own. 6 Nov 2007
What an amazing illustrator Jackie Morris is. This book is worth owning for the pictures alone, but her words complement the atmospheric artwork perfectly. A book to be enjoyed by adults and children. Why should picturebooks be only for the kids?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautifully illustrated book to share with children in key stage 1 and Year 3. The illustrations of the Snow Leopard herself are vibrant and moving. Set high in the Himalayan mountains the Snow Leopard "sang the stars to life, the sun to rise and the moon to wax and wane...High above the hidden valley her song clothed the world in white..." Words of protection are woven as down in the valley the Child sleeps. It is a time when the Snow Leopard knows she has to find the next singer. But it is also a time of great change. In the Valley soldiers come searching for gold and slaves. The villagers flee, but the Child sleeps on "hearing only the song of the great ghost cat." The double page spread of the Snow Leopard carrying the sleeping child is at the same time dramatic and awesome as "the sleeping child woke feeling the warm breath of the spirit cat close on her skin, wrapped in the fur of the Snow Leopard, the singing cat of her dreams." This is indeed a story which will inspire and remind us of the need to protect the wild places where the Snow Leopard lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 13 Sep 2010
This beautifully produced book is sold as a children's book, but I bought one to give as a birthday present for an adult friend and was so delighted with the glorious illustrations and the mythical nature of the story that I ordered another one as a Christmas present for someone else. On par with the Mousehole Cat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the snow leopard. 23 Oct 2010
By marny
This is the most beautiful book i have seen in a long, long time.Lovely illustrations & story.A real must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful 25 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 7 year old; she loves big cats. It did not disappoint; the tale is simple but magical and the illustrations are just captivating. If you want a book for a present or just to inspire your little ones you could do an awful lot worse. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Beautiful. 29 Nov 2013
I did not buy this book from amazon. I visited Jackie while she was in residence at a local museum and craft centre and bought myself a signed copy there. She is an absolutely amazing person and having seen some of the originals from within this book up close I can say it is well worth the money. I would happy pay 20 for the images in this book alone.
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