Sparkle is the magical story of a curious snow leopard cub that experiences an exciting and gripping adventure; it’s bound to fuel any child’s imagination.

His story teaches children the value of friendship and helps inspire them to understand the need to protect these exquisite creatures in their natural habitat. Who knows, it may even help them to become our conservationists of the future. This story is set to become a much-loved Christmas classic for generations to come.

Proceeds from the sale of this charming book will go to support the work of the charity, The White Lion Foundation, and will be used to conserve and protect a small vulnerable population of snow leopards in the Karakorum Mountains of southern Asia (Sparkle’s home).



Shirley Galligan is passionate about the need to conserve and protect endangered wild animals. Along with being a published children’s author, that has seen her first two books received to critical acclaim. MUNU the most special rhino in the world! which was nominated for the prestigious People’s Book Prize and documents the story of a rare Southwestern black rhino. Followed by a story about TOTTY, the sea turtle’s spectacular sea quest.

Shirley’s commitment for animal welfare, wildlife and compassionate conservation led her to establish The White Lion Foundation. Previously, Shirley spent more than 20 years as the PR Director of an international wildlife charity. She travelled extensively, working with international media and film crews, creating and promoting major wildlife appeals and worldwide news stories.



Zoë Barnish is an illustrator and 2D animator based in the UK. She has illustrated a number of children’s books, including MUNU and TOTTY by Shirley Galligan, World in Danger by Frankie Morland and 7 picture books for the popular BBC series Wordwaves. Zoë has used 2D animation to bring her characters and graphics to life for videos and short films, including the BBC Bitesize series Isla and Connor Explore. Zoë has collaborated with a number of music artists, including Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Wadge and Britain’s Got Talent finalists, SOS from the Kids, to create music videos. She is particularly passionate about projects which benefit charitable causes, with previous works raising funds and awareness for conservation, environmental and humanitarian charities. You can see more of her work here.


White Lion Foundation Patron

Helen Worth MBE, actor and recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award (British Soap Awards, 2014), is one of the Honorary Patrons of the White Lion Foundation. She actively champions the Foundation’s work.


Proceeds to go to the White Lion Foundation

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the White Lion Foundation’s partnership with the Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organisation (BWCDO) in Pakistan to ensure that snow leopards and humans co-exist in harmony.. For more information and to donate, please visit the White Lion Foundation website.


Reviews from Shirley Galligan’s previous books:

“The real-life story of Munu captured my heart and to see it retold in this charming and beautiful book for children is an absolute dream. This tale about a young rhino surviving in the wild is well crafted and rich with imagination and fantasy.
It takes you on Munu’s extraordinary journey with compassion and love and with joyous humour. It is also a story of friendship and what can be achieved when people work together.
I hope children around the world will fall in love with Munu and his story after reading this. The colourful and detailed illustrations practically leap from the page and expertly recreate life in the African bush.
This very special book will encourage a child’s interest in the natural world and help create our future conservationists.
Munu is lovable and endearing and every child will cheer and remember the world’s most special rhino for many years to come!”
Helen Worth MBE, actor and recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award (British Soap Awards, 2014)