The Storm Leopards (Wintry Tales #4)
When Isabelle and her family go to the zoo, she is the only one to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. She is fascinated by the animal and wants to learn all about it. One night, she wakes up to find herself in Mongolia, where snow leopards live. She meets a girl her age, and the two begin an exciting adventure to save a snow leopard and her two young cubs. But can the girls protect the beautiful cats from the hunters who are looking for them?
Includes a glossary and additional material at the end of the book about Mongolia, its people, and their commitment to protect snow leopards.
Webb excels at tales with both animals and some magical realism, like Sam the Stolen Puppy and the Rose series, and this British author has a lot of books to choose from. I liked the component of helping the animals, which gave this a feel sort of like The Magic Treehouse meets Miles' The Puppy Place.
Occasional page illustrations add to the charm, and the inclusion of a glossary for the some of the Mongolian terms was very helpful. Other titles in this wintery series include The Snow Bear and The Reindeer Girl and would make a lovely winter holiday gift, perhaps accompanied by a stuffed animal.