Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review : The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem "Pangur Bán" (Children's Book Series)


This is a series I will be running for a little while, highlighting some awesome children's literature. During the coming months, there will be many children's books. Stay tuned to learn more about it. Read previous posts in this series here. 



A wonderful retelling of a beautiful old Irish poem. I have heard this poem  "Pangur Bán" before and was so excited to see this retelling. I believe the meaning of this book is very important for children. The simple and elegant narration will make this children's book an instant classic. It is classic, done in a new and fun contemporary and modern way.

The White Cat and the Monk is a cute little poem about a cat and monk, that live together in harmony. This book is great for all the cat lovers out there. It is a very simple story telling about how a cat, hunts, and catches his mouse. While the owner, and human worry about the meanings behind old text.


This book is also about finding knowledge in books, and that there is light in the darkness. It sends a great message. This book is perfect for kids as well as adults.

The illustrations will remind you of a far away time period. They are neutral, with very little color, to make an old world charm. Monastery walls, and minimalist decorations fill this book.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Goodreads Description: 

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.
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