THE SNOW LEOPARD: GHOST OF THE MOUNTAINS, by Justin Anderson, Illustrated by Patrick Benson, Candlewick Press


Look! A line of paw prints in the snow. Follow the tracks to see the rare and utterly majestic snow leopard and visit her secret world.

The people who live among the high peaks of the Himalayas tell stories of a mysterious animal called the gray ghost. To see one, you’d have to be very lucky indeed. Join a zoologist in the Himalayan mountains as he searches for the elusive creature. With her pale gold and silver-gray coat painted with black rosettes, she blends so well into the boulders, it’s no wonder she’s thought of as a ghost of the mountains. But the fortunate few who spot her are rewarded with a sight they will never forget. Written by an expert with firsthand experience, beautifully illustrated, and interwoven with fascinating facts, this vicarious look at a breathtaking animal includes an end note suggesting resources to explore.

Out October 2019

32 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

First, what a beautiful cover. The artwork is stunning! I’m very partial to water colours being used as a medium for illustrations. The hues are soft and warm and in most cases compliment beautiful heart-felt stories.

This story is about a remarkable creature, a snow leopard, that lives in the Himalayans. The story is told through the eyes of an explorer, in first-person narrative. As the adventure begins, tracks are seen and from there the search is on for the evasive snow leopard. Snippets of information are offered in separate areas about the snow leopards. This makes this picture book informative and even educational.

As the adventure continues, the snow leopard is sighted and that’s when you begin to learn even more about what the explorer and guide see. Even I discovered a lot about the snow leopard, for example: the snow leopard has the longest tail than any other cat and uses it for many purposes.

You discover that this particular snow leopard is a mom and details unfold regarding her cub. There’s plenty to discover within the pages of this book, but I’ll save those details for readers to explore.

Gorgeous illustrations and lots of information will keep advanced early readers and those starting to read enthralled and engrossed right to the end. There’s a surprise of extras at the back of the book too.

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