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While I didn't like this as much as Waiting for Ice, Markle & Marks are consistently good at presenting a realistic tone for what it might feel like to be an animal. The bloodiness and brutality of a predator/prey life is strong in both the words and the pictures. Words and pictures are in a corresponding relationship throughout the book. Marks' watercolors are just impressionistic enough to avoid a sense of photo-realism. While his animal figures are impeccably drawn, the looseness of the w...more
Brother and sister snow leopard cubs are born in May in Pakistan. Stunning and graphic watercolor-and-pencil illustrations accompany a lyrical narration depicting their first year or so of life and the lessons they must learn to survive. By the end of the second summer, the young male snow leopard has completed his lessons when he shares his first big kill with his mother and sister. Back matter includes information about this endangered species with additional resources to investigate and an Au...more
High in the mountains of Pakistan, two week-old snow leopard cubs snooze in a den waiting for their mother to return. It’s May and the pair are only a week old. When the male cub goes outside, he is attacked by a golden eagle and only saved by his mother rescuing him. As the cubs grow, the practice pouncing one another and then start to eat directly from the game their mother kills. Their mother teaches them skills they must have to survive in the harsh climate. They learn to mark their territor...more
Mar 05, 2013 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
This beautifully illustrated book is about a family of snow leopards. Twin cubs learn from their mother ways to survive in Pakistan's Hindu Kush Mountains. Alan Marks's watercolors are gorgeous. I love the last one of the mother and her growing cubs. I like that Sandra Markle teaches children about snow leopards through narrative verse. If they have brothers or sisters, they will be able to relate to the cubs' antics, mistakes, and triumphs.
A great book to use to introduce students to research process. Rad the book to students, then do some research on snow leopards. Pair students and have them each bread arch one question. Come back together as a group and share what was learned. This could easily be done with 1st or 2nd grade.
Lovely pencil and watercolor illustrations. This is a realistic book that depicts how young snow leopards learn many things from their mothers, including how to hunt. Fascinating information, but simple enough for primary grade students.
Sandra Markle is the author of more than two hundred children's books, which have won numerous awards, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, IRA/CBC Children's Choice, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Children, NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, and ALA Notable Books for Children. She lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and frequently travels to schools sharing her program "Sandra Markle's Boo...moreMore about Sandra Markle...