This is a delightful book for winter, with a story about a snow leopard and her cubs, and how an animal-loving girl called Isabelle helps to save them.
It’s a few weeks before Christmas, and Isabelle is entranced by a beautiful snow leopard that she sees on a family visit to the local zoo. Having chosen a little felt souvenir, made by a family living in Mongolia, Isabelle finds out more about the snow leopard charity dedicated to protecting the endangered species. When she is magically transported to Mongolia, she has an amazing adventure helping a new friend Odval to save Grace the snow leopard and her two cubs, Sky and Shadow.
The details about the Mongolian family’s way of life are fascinating, and children will gain understanding about how snow leopards can be protected by local people, despite the threat to their livestock.
The appealing illustrations help to make this an engaging story for young children who enjoy animal stories. Holly Webb’s letter at the end of the book provides more information about the Snow Leopard Trust and the inspiration behind the story.