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The Snow LeopardFrom 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. High in the Pamir mountains a guardian spirit or Mergichan in the form of a snow leopard watches over a remote and peaceful valley She sings the stars to life clothes the world in white and builds walls of ice to protect the village in the valley Growing old she begins to search for a replacement her song finding a young girl and speaking to her in her dreams When soldiers invade the village the cat collects the young girl and drives the interlopers away with dreams of demons Teaching her new charge everything she needs to know the snow leopard departs for the stars leaving the girl transformed into a snow leopard herself the new guardian of the valleyThe Snow Leopard is a beautiful book It features a lovely evocative text and gorgeous illustrations 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 High above the hidden valley her song clothed the world in white and built a crackling fortress of snow buttressed with ice to keep all things safe and secret So the narrative begins drawing the reader into a magical world from the very first word The artwork is every bit as enchanting capturing the beauty of its eponymous feline guardian and of the harsh mountain world around her The paler muted shades used to depict the leopard and the mountainside contrast beautifully with the warmer colors of the human worldAll in all this was an outstanding picture book and might have gotten one of my rare five star ratings were it not for my one criticism Although I do appreciate that Morris took the time to mention the idea of the Mergich realm in her brief foreword and the idea of guardian spirits called Mergichan I am at something of a loss to understand why she failed to specify that these are not her own creation not a work of 'fantasy' as I have seen this book labeled but come from the traditional stories of the Wakhi people This ethnic group lives in the Wakhan region of Central Asia in Afghanistan China Pakistan and Tajikistan and based on this one tantalizing glimpse of their beliefs seem to have a fascinating traditional culture I wish that there was available to read about them I also wish that Morris had given them credit not for her story but for the inspiration for it Due to that omission I subtracted a star from my rating Leaving it aside this is an outstanding book

Summary The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard Free read Å 4 ò 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 andValley 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 transfo. If all cultural borrowing mashing up were as gentle and respectful as this it'd be a lot less annoying Also Jackie Morris is a flipping amazing artist

Jackie Morris õ 4 Summary

Rmation 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 being. Gorgeous illustrations and mystical prose weave a spell for the lucky child who picks up this picture book Told as a fable the Snow Leopard is a spirit animal that protects her part of the world until she finds a dreaming child