From School Library Journal
K-Gr 5–This inspirational picture book conveys the importance of caring and protecting the world's wildlife. The story recounts the rescue of an orphaned snow leopard cub from Pakistan, and how the goodwill between people and nations can make a difference in the survival of endangered species. Excellent photographic detail re-creates Leo's discovery by a goat herder, who in turn contacted the authorities when he got too large, and his cross-country adventure before being relocated to the Bronx Zoo in New York. Informative captions explain the dealings of the various organizations and governments for young readers and the back matter provides additional material about the snow leopard's habitat and behavior. Supplementary background on the Wildlife Conservation Society, zoos and captive breeding, endangered species, and international laws is appended.Melissa Smith, Green Valley Library, Henderson, NV
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Continuing the series that began with Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (2006), the father-and-daughters authors offer another inspiring story of animal care and conservation. Orphaned in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains, Leo the snow leopard was found by a goatherd, who helped the endangered animal begin his global journey to his current home at the Bronx Zoo, where, after growing up with humans, he learns how to be a leopard again. Once again, the graceful, accessible text and sharp, heart-melting photos will draw a wide audience, and the substantive back matter offers much more for kids interested in wildlife conservation. Grades 1-3. --Gillian Engberg