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The White Cat and the Monk

A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

Illustrated by Sydney Smith • Written by Jo Ellen Bogart

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

Cover of The White Cat and the Monk

Regular price $16.95 CAD

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”

Sydney Smith • Jo Ellen Bogart

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.

About the Creators

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book and has been long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, both highly acclaimed. Sydney has received a number of other awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown.

Jo Ellen Bogart

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 picture book Gifts was selected for the TD Grade One Book Giveaway program, as well as the IBBY Honor List. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Quill & Quire Reviewer Pick, 2016
  • Commended Brain Pickings' Best Children's Books of 2016, 2016
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2017
  • Commended The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books, 2016
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
  • Commended SLJ's Best of 2016, 2016
  • Commended The NP99: The Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books, 2016