Author – Julia Johnson
Age – 7+
When Khalid loses one of his goats on the mountain, he meets a wise old man who tells him stories about a leopard. But weren’t all the leopards gone from that area?
Khalid’s uncle (leader of his village) is planning to sell the mountain to a surveyor to break up for building material without telling the other villagers. It’s only when Khalid sees a leopard with her cubs that he believes the old man. But how will he stop his uncle?
Michael Morpurgo has reviewed this story as ‘A wise and wonderfully told tale’ and I have to agree with him. It has a good plot, a message that is woven through the story without being at all ‘preachy’ and a ‘warm fuzzy’ at the end.
(Leopard, Extinction, Family, Corruption, Animals)