The White Cat and the Monk A Retelling of the Poem 'Pangur Ban' by Jo Ellen Bogart


The White Cat and the Monk A Retelling of the Poem 'Pangur Ban' by Jo Ellen Bogart

From the illustrator of Footpath Flowers, Sydney Smith, and award-winning author, Jo Ellen Bogart, comes a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem, 'Pangur Ban' - the poem that inspired the character of Pangur Ban in the Academy Award nominated animation, The Secret of Kells. The monk in the poem leads a simple life - he studies his books late into the evening, searching for meaning. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing his prey in the darkness. But as night turns to dawn, can each find what he seeks? Thoughtful readers will be enchanted by this elegant, classically-inspired story which pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.


Like the partnership between monk and cat, that between author, Jo Ellen Bogart and artist Sydney Smith is totally in harmony; and the outcome of their collaboration is so much more than the sum of its parts. Red Reading Hub

About the Author

Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas, and studied both elementary education and psychology at the University of Texas. She has written many award-winning, bestselling children's books including Jeremiah Learns to Read, illustrated by Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson, and Gifts, illustrated by Barbara Reid. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Find her on Twitter as @JoEllenBogart.

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36 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

2nd June 2016



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