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

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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 Ban." With Jo Ellen Bogart's simple and elegant narration and Sydney's Smith's classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 211 x 269 x 15mm | 408g
  • GROUNDWOOD BOOKS
  • United States
  • English
  • 1554987806
  • 9781554987801
  • 79,194

About Jo Ellen Bogart

Jo Ellen Bogart 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. Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia, and has been drawing since an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books, including the wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, and he has received 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 and goes to the library or the Art Gallery of Ontario on his breaks.show more

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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. It s a sophisticated and subtle story about the pursuit of joyone that will easily resonate with readers young and old. - "Publishers Weekly," Starred Review. "Reminiscent of the succinct storytelling and expressive brushwork of Chris Raschka and Kevin Henkes, this quiet, historical gem will charm children and adults alike." - "Kirkus," Starred Review."show more

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