Ireland. It turns out to be the body of a young girl who lived more than a
thousand years ago. A girl like Maeve, with fair hair, who walked the same fields and
picked the same flowers. When archeologists display the mummy at a museum, Maeve
wonders: Does the girl mind being displayed in a glass case for all to see? Or does she
miss the green meadow where she had lain for so many hundreds of years?
Two picture-book masters sensitively capture the layers of thought and feeling arising
in the face of an awe-inspiring and mysterious discovery.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Eve Bunting is the author of more than two hundred books, including The Banshee, also set in her native Ireland and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. She has illustrated many books for children, several of which she also wrote. She lives in New York City and Chatham, New York.
What People are Saying About This
"There is drama from the first page of this moving picture book."Booklist
"The tender, gently elegiac rone renders this far more than a picture of how such finds happen."Horn Book
"An evocative story in verse."School Library Journal
"Maeve's voice and the natural flow of dialogue make this a pleasure to read aloud, and McCully's watercolor scenes capture a placid landscape and cozy home suddenly jolted from the quotidian into the extraordinary."Bulletin, starred review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The hauntingly beautiful cover art on this one caught my eye, and with St. Patrick's Day approaching, I was on the lookout for anything Irish to add to a display of Irish-themed books. Ballywhinney Girl, however, was not what I was expecting. It's the story of Maeve, a young Irish girl, and her grandfather, who accidentally uncover a body while digging in the peat bogs near their home. After they report the find to the local authorities, it draws the attention of news reporters, archaeologists, and scientists, who determine that the body is that of a thousand-year-old mummified girl - a girl much like Maeve, herself. Maeve naturally find the whole process unsettling. Elegantly told in verse, this is a fictional story that, according to the Author's Note, happens more often than one might think. It clearly, and rightfully, is unsettling to author, Eve Bunting, as well. Whether your young listener will find it unsettling, is for you to determine.