World Above the Clouds

A Story of a Himalayan Ecosystem



World Above the Clouds book cover

High in the snow-covered Himalayan peaks of northern India, a young snow leopard must learn to hunt or she will starve.

Publisher: Soundprints, 2001



"K-Gr 2-Readers follow an animal through its waking time, seeing the flora and fauna that are part of its habitat and watching its daily activity until it goes to sleep. . . Handsome realistic illustrations share equal prominence with the texts and help readers visualize the ecosystem about which they are reading. . . While there is no dearth of material about animal habitats, this title will be welcomed as a solid addition to science collections."

 --School Library Journal


"Ann Nagda's World Above The Clouds: A Story Of A Himalayan Ecosystem is superbly illustrated by the artistry of Paul Kratter and specifically written for young readers grades 1 to 4. The latest in Soundprint's outstanding "Wild Habitat" series, World Above The Clouds is as entertaining as it is informative in describing the wildlife of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayan mountains in northern India. A snow leopard has recently left her mother to hunt and fend for herself in this stark and beautiful landscape. She must contend with a red fox, a bearded vulture, and nearby villagers for her meals. Then there are the threatening wolves! This memorable storybook text accurately reflects the environment and ecosystem of the animals that live in the majestic Himalayas -- quite literally above the clouds!"

--Children’s Book Watch

 "Ann Whitehead Nagda's latest addition to the "Wild Habitats" series provides a top-down view of the Himalayan food chain. The accompanying map and note about the Hemis National Park shares good background information with curious readers. The glossary provides visual data about the many creatures shown in the book. The book is perhaps most noteworthy for its realism. All of Soundprints' books are reviewed for accuracy by environmental experts."

--Children’s Literature


Awards and Honors

Parent’s Choice Award Winner