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The white cat and the monk : a retelling of the poem "Pangur Bán"

by Bogart, Jo Ellen,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 9 of 13 copies
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Summary

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 Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* A light-colored cat prowls through a gray outdoors toward a building in the mist. As it explores inside, it becomes obvious the stone structure is a sanctuary of some sort. As the cat plays with light coming from under a door, readers hear from the narrator, a monk and scholar who shares his small room with the cat he calls Pangur. Each has an obsession. The monk pursues knowledge through his illuminated manuscripts, while the cat pursues, well, mice. Each, too, finds the work challenging and satisfying. You could apply both those adjectives to this retelling of the Old Irish poem, Pangur Bán. Manuscripts, monks, and mice snared with the cat's needle claws may not be to every child's taste, but there is no denying that this is a beautiful piece of bookmaking. The watercolor-and-ink artwork has both heft and humor, especially in the joyful depictions of the manuscripts. The shift from the darkness of the early spreads to the bright color of the characters' time together captures the pleasure of the relationship. The final spread of daybreak, meanwhile, is irresistible. Readers who consider the story's underlying messages about necessities, companionship, and fulfillment will come away enriched. (The author's note also subtly provides questions for adults to share.) Ours is a happy tale, says the monk. Indeed except for that mouse.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Bogart (Big and Small, Room for All) and Smith's (Sidewalk Flowers) interpretation of a medieval Irish poem, a solitary, scholarly monk observes the cat living in his cell. The monk records the similarities between the cat's pursuits and his own, creating a quietly powerful story about work, companionship, and the things that sustain-whether knowledge, faith, or a tasty mouse. A combination of panel sequences and full-page scenes, Smith's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are dominated by moody browns and grays, with occasional bursts of color in the monk's illuminated manuscripts; the cat's playful curiosity and mutual tenderness with the monk add notes of light and humor. Bogart doesn't emulate the rhyming couplets of the source material, instead writing in subtle, straightforward sentences: "We are each content, with all we need to entertain us." Despite the reflective tone, text and art move readers swiftly through the story, which builds to a seeming epiphany for the monk. It's a sophisticated and subtle story about the pursuit of joy-one that will easily resonate with readers young and old. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Monks -- Juvenile fiction.
Cats -- Juvenile fiction.
Truth -- Juvenile fiction.
Monks -- Fiction.
Cats -- Fiction.
Truth -- Fiction.
Publisher Toronto :2016
Other Titles Pangur Bán.
Contributors Smith, Sydney, 1980- illustrator.
Language English
Notes A retelling of the anonymous Old Irish poem Pangur Bán.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9781554987801
1554987806
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