Groundwood Books

The White Cat and the Monk

A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

Written by Jo Ellen Bogart • Illustrated by Sydney Smith

For kids 4 - 8 years old | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987818
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe

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32 pages | 10.50 in × 8.00 in
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About this book

The White Cat and the Monk

A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

Jo Ellen Bogart • Sydney Smith

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.

Awards and Praise
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.
  • Commended Brain Pickings' Best Children's Books of 2016, 2016
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2017
  • Commended SLJ's Best of 2016, 2016
  • Commended The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books, 2016
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books, 2016
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Commended The NP99: The Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Commended NCTE Notable Poetry List, 2017
  • Commended CBC Best Books of 2016, 2016
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016