The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem Pangur Bán

Hardcover | March 1, 2016

byJo Ellen BogartIllustratorSydney Smith

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A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem "Pangur Bán." With Jo Ellen Bogart's simple and elegant narration and Sydney Smith's classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

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A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poe...

Jo Ellen was born in Houston, Texas, and received degrees in elementary education and psychology from the University of Texas in Austin. Her best-selling children's books have been nominated for and won many different awards, including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. Her p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554987806

ISBN - 13:9781554987801

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"A stunningly illustrated meditative ode to the simple joys of human-animal companionship and the pursuit of knowledge." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW"... a sophisticated and subtle story about the pursuit of joy-one that will easily resonate with readers young and old." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW"If ever there was a book that could calm a child and draw her into meditative contemplation (perhaps right before bed?), The White Cat and the Monk is it." - Quill and Quire, STARRED REVIEW"...lyrical yet easily understood...Contentment and joy are reflected in text and image" - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW"The watercolor-and-ink artwork has both heft and humor, especially in the joyful depictions of the manuscripts...Readers who consider the story's underlying messages about necessities, companionship, and fulfillment will come away enriched." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"If you want to treat yourself to a superb picture book, treat yourself to this one." - Julie Danielson, Kirkus Review"Truly a wonderful book, THE WHITE CAT AND THE MONK expresses the richness of the relationship between the two characters." - Canadian Review of Materials"The adaptation . . . is as unostentatious as the watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which meld a medieval spirit with a modern sense of cartooning, a juxtaposition that is fresh and seems entirely right." - Horn Book"The text's subtle moral is timeless but also sings with elegiac timeliness - what a wonderful counterpoint to modern life's hamster wheel of achievement and approval, this idea that there is poetry in every pursuit executed with purposefulness and savored with uncompetitive joy." - Maria Popova, The New York Times"Smith . . . imbues the text with contemporary visual language through his singular, elegantly minimalist graphic novel aesthetic." - Brain Pickings"This is a great book for any group of readers . . . a great book to introduce to kids who may not think they like poetry." - The Children's Writer's Guild"Author Jo Ellen Bogart has provided an unembellished, thoughtful text that pays tribute to the value of perseverance and dedication for one's vocation, be it humble or exalted." - Canadian Children's Book News"The stylized artwork captures the timeless beauty of the poem in this simple yet meaningful picturebook, highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review