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Snow Leopard: Ghost of the Mountains

Candlewick. Oct. 2019. 32p. index. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536205404.
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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.

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