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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.

About the Author

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.
Published September 28, 2007 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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“High in the tallest mountains of the world lies the Mergich Realm, a sacred place of magic and mystery where pure and powerful beings, Mergichans, dwell.” One such, a leopard who was once human but also “sang the stars to life,” has been guarding a hidden valley where a child dreams and hears th...

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In his 2005 film, “Grizzly Man,” Werner Herzog reconstructed the final years of Timothy Treadwell, an animal advocate who went into the Alaskan backcountry to live among the bears he loved, and — in an unanticipated form of bonding — was eventually devoured by one of his subjects.

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