The White Cat and the Monk

The White Cat and the Monk

A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

Written by: Bogart, Jo Ellen
Illustrated by: Smith, Sydney
ages 4 to 8 / grades P to 3

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.

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.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Mar 1, 2016
Specifications 36 pages | 8 in x 10.5 in

"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

"...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 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

Audience ages 4 to 8 / grades P to 3
Reading Levels Guided Reading O
Lexile 700L