Troubador Under the Stars with Leo-Pard

Released: 28/04/2014

eISBN: 9781783068128

Format: eBook

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Under the Stars with Leo-Pard


The first of a trilogy, Under the Stars with Leo-Pard is a full colour children’s picture book, influenced by a trip to the nature reserves, jungles and forests of Belize. It tells the story of Leo-Pard, a very well looked after but extremely bored leopard. Having spent all his life in captivity, he dreams of just one night of freedom. He escapes with his two friends, Rocky the American Cougar and Stripes the beautiful Bengal tiger.?They all taste freedom, and tell their own story of how they came to stay at the zoo. Unfortunately, Rosa the Jaguar has to stay behind, but receives a strange gift and an even stranger new house guest, which gets the whole zoo talking and wondering what will happen next... This beautifully illustrated story will introduce children aged 4-8 to important issues, such as conservation, working together, and even touches on aspects of equality, all gently pulled together by a slight sprinkling of magic.

Whilst working on "Under the Stars with Leo-pard" I received some very kind words of encouragement from Dolores Keaveny a very talented artist and self published author of several successful full colour children's picture books from Westmeath Ireland.

"WOW....your illustrations are amazing, so beautiful.You will have some hell of a children's picture book when you get them published, I have no doubt but that your books will be a great success.....with illustrations like those...."

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Terry McManus

I was born 17.12.1963. and have always been very passionate about art, especially wildlife art and art connected with film and children's book illustrations. My influences include artist, writers and musicians such as John Haywood an artist and dear friend (sadly missed)Raymond Briggs, Jane Hissey, J.K. Rowling and Kate Bush.

Over the years my work has been chosen several times by fine art publishers to be used for limited and open run prints.

During my time at Jaguar Cars Ltd 1983-2004 I was sponsored to go to Belize to study and paint wildlife, in particular jaguar cats to be printed in a limited edition run of prints to raise funds for The World Land Trust.The finished print was used much to my surprise by the BBC in the 2005 television drama "Gideon's Daughter" directed by Stephen Poliakoff, staring a cast of quality actors including Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson and Tom Hardy.

Since leaving Jaguar Cars I trained to become an art lecturer and have been teaching art and design to students at Universities and Colleges ever since.

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