SNOW GAMES Winner and Snow Leopards

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It has been around 25 years since I spent any time in London over the winter, so the past few days of steady snow have taken me (and Heathrow) by surprise! I have opted for fireside reading rather than snowstorm exploits, though I thoroughly enjoyed all the winter activities you shared with me last Tuesday.  So let’s get the importance business underway first….. HOORAY for the SNOW GAMES ePicture Book AND illustration WINNER, which is HANNAH HOLTof Lightbulb Books. Hannah is an author and her blog is chock full of fun and easy kids activities. Hannah, please email me the email address of the person you want the book for and your snail mail address for the illustration from Maja.

Wiki commons - source

Wiki commons – source

As many of us are snowed-in, snowed-under and snow-enchanted at the moment, I wanted to introduce you to a sweet endangered snow animal and a true story.

0-545-22927-8Leo the Snow Leopard – The true Story of an Amazing Rescue.

Written and illustrated by Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff and Isabella Hatkoff

 Published by Scholastic, 2010

Hardcover, 40 pages, non-fiction

 Ages: 5 -11

 Themes: snow leopards, conservation, endangered species, international cooperation

Synopsis: Our story begins in a remote, snowy mountain range in Pakistan where a goat-herder cannot turn his back on a tiny orphaned snow leopard. Fortunately, little Leo seems to have adapted well to a new diet of goat’s milk. The goat herder realizes he can’t care long term for this cub, so contacts the WWF offices in Gilgit. Snow leopards are on the red list for endangered species and, with humility, the Pakistani authorities recognize they don’t have the facilities to care for Leo, thus they contact the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in the US, who agree the Bronx Zoo would make a great home for the orphan. The WCS team fly as soon as arrangements can be made to Islamabad and set out on the 17-hour drive only to be blocked by a landslide. It’s a long, long trip there and back, but Leo arrives safely at 13 months old in his present home in the Bronx zoo in New York. Leo is immediately introduced to a leopard his own age in the zoo, Shelby, who bonds with his new playmate and is happy to teach Leo much more about being a snow leopard.

Why I like this book: This is a large hardback book full of exquisite color photos. There is a full page of text every other page, which would be accessible for children aged 8-11, but children from 5-8 will, I believe, enjoy listening to the story of baby Leo’s rescue. Kids will not only delight in this animal rescue adventure, but also will understand a little of the international cooperation that was required and will learn of the importance of zoo conservation work. There are four full pages at the back dedicated to a deeper understanding of: leopards, endangered species and the importance of captive breeding programs. I really welcome appealing educational books such as this.


Snow Leopard coloring page from the Exploring Nature website.

National Geographic Kids has an online snow leopard puzzle. and they have a snow leopard costume kids could make maybe for Halloween!

The World Wildlife fund offers the possibility to adopt a snow leopard,

Check out this youtube video on these beautiful big cats

More snow leopard facts can be found for kids here.

The Snow Leopard is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘endangered’. Endangered Species – EN (Status: Threatened) –  In the immediate probability of becoming extinct and require protection to exist. There are estimated to be 4000 – 6500 snow leopards left in the wild.

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15 Responses to SNOW GAMES Winner and Snow Leopards

  1. Hannah Holt says:

    Yay! Thanks Joanna. I’m so excited and great review of Leo the Snow Leopard!

  2. Congratulations Hannah! Joanna book is fun and the illustrations beautiful!

    Joanna, I really like this story. My 6-year-od granddaughter really is in love with all animal books. So, it is a good time to share books with her about animals in danger. This sounds like a great share. You know, this subject will always be your love! This should be on our PPB list — send the URL to Susanna at the end of the week.

  3. Joanna says:

    Pat, I love these true animal stories, and thanks, yes I will send Susanna the link on Friday.

  4. Congratulations to lucky Hannah! 🙂 And this books sounds FANTASTIC, Joanna! I have to read it immediately! It is exactly my favorite kind of book 🙂 Let’s make sure we get it on the PPBF list!

  5. What a lucky leopard! Leo is cute! 🙂

  6. Joanna says:

    Yep, thank goodness for a compassionate goatherd!

  7. Katrina says:

    Leo the Snow Leopard looks like a great book! I’m going to have to pass on the title to my sister–she’s a second grade teacher and I think her students would love it! Thanks for all the links to additional reources to use with the book too!

  8. Joanna says:

    It’s a super classroom addition to any endangered species projects, Katrina.

  9. Thanks for remembering to add to the PPBF list, Joanna! 🙂

  10. Snow leopards are such amazing animals.

  11. Gorgeous creature, very worthy of its own picture book!

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