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|Snow leopard : ghost of the mountain|
Author: Anderson, Justin
A look at the beautiful and elusive snow leopard of the Himalayas.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 506340
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
School Library Journal (11/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/11/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/01/2019 In the Himalayan mountains lives a rare big cat: the snow leopard, which people of the region call “the gray ghost.” Anderson, a zoologist who led a BBC crew filming snow leopards, tells of a man and his guide who search for a snow leopard, find one, and follow her for a day. Writing in first person, he describes how her coat disguises her in the landscape, how her large paws allow her to walk on deep snow, and how her thick fur protects her in icy conditions. The focus shifts to her cub, who is still learning how to hunt and survive on her own. While the main text carries the narrative and describes the animals, a smaller-type text and an appended note offer additional information. The first-person, present-tense writing gives immediacy to the story, which gives readers the vicarious experience of joining a rewarding expedition. With strong portrayals of the leopards within their impressive surroundings, Benson’s watercolor illustrations capture the animals’ dignity as well as their mystery. A handsome picture book for young animal-lovers. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 K-Gr 3—Author and zoologist Anderson tracks a snow leopard family in Ladakh, Kashmir. Considering that conservationists have deemed the animal vulnerable, it's extraordinary that the author found both a mother and her cub. The expedition was more complicated than revealed here, as the illustrator shows only one guide when in fact there were several and Anderson also led a team of Planet Earth photographers. Benson's soft watercolors and Anderson's clear prose reveal the "Ghosts of the Mountains," named because of their elusiveness. The chronicle of the trek is interspersed with facts on snow leopard habitat, behavior, physical features, and diet. However, the font makes reading this information difficult. VERDICT This quick introduction covers the challenges the snow leopard faces and its conservation status.—Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.