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Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain

Written by Justin Anderson

Illustrated by Patrick Benson

Part of the Nature Storybooks Series

Key Stage 2 The Natural World General Non-Fiction

LoveReading View on Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain

Beautiful large format book looking at the mysterious life of the rare Snow Leopard

Justin Anderson is a film maker who has been involved in high quality film production for the likes of Planet Earth II in his 18-year career of filming wildlife for the BBC. This book is born from his passion to share his fascination with the snow leopard – one of the creatures on the Red List of endangered species – the snow leopard is listed as ‘vulnerable’.

This is a very simply told tale of how Anderson went looking for snow leopards and what he saw, but the strength of the book lies in the “footnotes” and the glorious illustrations by Patrick Benson. Benson is a multi-award-winning illustrator, known for the realism of his illustration – the almost photographic detail, rendered in such a simple palette with detail that makes you think you might actually be able to stroke the leopards (If you dare!).

The “footnotes” are details about the leopards, in a different font on the relevant page of the book, so that the reader has good quality information to support the simple story – telling us more about the mysterious creature. For instance, I had no idea snow leopards sang in the moonlight – did you?  The final spread of the book is devoted to a page of information about snow leopards, where you find more information about them and that ever important short index making the book useful and accessible for information retrieval.  A useful and beautiful book.

Tricia Adams

Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain Synopsis

A new Nature Storybook about one of the most beautiful creatures in the world, with words by Planet Earthproducer Justin Anderson and pictures by Patrick Benson. A spellbinding new Nature Storybook about snow leopards, with words by Planet Earth producer and first-time children's author Justin Anderson and pictures from award-winning artist Patrick Benson. Something moves in the rocks ahead. My hands start to tremble. My heart is beating fast. There, just a few footsteps away, is a snow leopard...

Join us on a journey high into the snowy peaks of the Himalaya, and discover the secret world of a rare and utterly majestic creature - how it has adapted to the harsh environment it lives in and how it looks after its young. Complete with an index and a conservation note, this is a wonderful addition to the series and the debut of an exciting new voice in non-fiction writing for children.

Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain Press Reviews

Patrick Benson's illustrations portray the Himalayan mountain communities near where the snow leopard lives, as well as the cat herself, who stalks through the snow on extra-large paws that serve as snowshoes to keep her from sinking. The leopard hunts ibex, raises cubs, and beds down in a cave during a fierce Himalayan storm in this enchanting story. - The B&N Kids Blog

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378283
Publication date: 1st November 2019
Author: Justin Anderson
Illustrator: Patrick Benson
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: The Natural World, General Non-Fiction

About Justin Anderson

Film maker and debut author Justin Anderson has eighteen years of documentary experience working for the BBC. He presented an acclaimed radio documentary for BBC Radio 4, where he tracked arctic wolves across the frozen wastes of Canada. He went on to direct the Mountains episode for the BAFTA and Emmy Award winning Planet Earth II series, filming across the globe from Ladakh and Everest, in the Himalaya, to the remote mountains of Peru. You can follow Justin on Twitter under the handle @JustinFAnderson. He lives in Bristol. Illustrator Patrick Benson has won many awards for his work, including the Mother ...

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