Ballywhinney Girl

Ballywhinney Girl Maeve is unnerved when she and her grandfather find a body in the bog in Ballywhinney Ireland It turns out to be the body of a young girl who lived than a thousand years ago A girl like Maeve with f

  • Title: Ballywhinney Girl
  • Author: Eve Bunting Emily Arnold McCully
  • ISBN: 9780547558431
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Maeve is unnerved when she and her grandfather find a body in the bog in Ballywhinney, Ireland It turns out to be the body of a young girl who lived 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 inMaeve is unnerved when she and her grandfather find a body in the bog in Ballywhinney, Ireland It turns out to be the body of a young girl who lived 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.

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    • Eve Bunting Emily Arnold McCully

      Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E Bunting.Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with than 250 books Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling In Ireland, There used to be Shanachies the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and fairies, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won Maybe I m a bit of a Shanchie myself, telling stories to anyone who will listen This storytelling began as an inspiration for Bunting and continues with her work.In 1958, Bunting moved to the United States with her husband and three children A few years later, Bunting enrolled in a community college writing course She felt the desire to write about her heritage Bunting has taught writing classes at UCLA She now lives in Pasadena, California.

    212 thoughts on “Ballywhinney Girl

    • Eve Bunting drew upon her Irish heritage in writing this unusual story. Young Maeve and her grandfather discover the mummified body of a thousand-year-old girl in the peat bog near their house in Ireland. Maeve wonders what the girl may have been like, how she lived and how she came to be in the bog, just as the archaeologists who excavated her do. But she also feels sadness, and the reader may wonder if it would have been better to leave the body undisturbed rather than to put it on display in [...]


    • Besides the fact that it is possible to find mummified bodies in peat bogs in Ireland, this book was rather bland.


    • Summary: What happens when a girl and her grandfather discovery a dead body in their bog? They investigate, of course! After getting archaeologists involved, the girl and her grandfather are more than interested in who this dead girl is and why she's in their bog. Some of the questions will be answered and some will unlock more mystery. Evaluation: I love creepy books so this one definitely interested me. I like that it was something new in the genre of children's literature and I thought it was [...]


    • I'm fascinated by archaeology/anthropology so this was right up my alley. A grandfather and his granddaughter Maeve discover a mummified body in the bog in Ireland. Archaeologists come and eventually the body is put on display in a museum. Maeve wonders about the girl's life, and whether she minds being put on display. The illustrations are lovely as well.


    • note to self add shelf Ireland, Archaeology, Mummies, HistoryWhat a delight I found in reading this unexpected book today. While I would not have thought of such a way to introduce mummies to a young child, this is an elegant way. A reader is given not only a valuable lesson on archaeology in real life, but also to vocabulary and some culture of an Irish land and bog. I could easily see this one come of the shelf for interest as well as extra story reinforcement in various classes. This one defi [...]


    • This falls in the category of "picture book for older readers." I've seen criticism that the subject matter makes it unsuited to preschoolers, but the book was clearly never aimed at children that young. It's sort of like the problem of parents who think that all animated films must be aimed at young kids, and then complain about the contents every time they encounter one that's not.Ballywhinney Girl is a very poetic book about finding a very old grave in the peat bog. The young girl central cha [...]


    • Based on actual findings of mummified remains in Ireland's bogs, Ballywhinney Girl is a fictional account. Bunting's language is simple but poetic, and the main character, Maeve, is able to identify with the mummy because of her wisps of blonde hair and the remains of flowers found next to the mummy. I enjoyed another of Bunting's books about Ireland, Market Day, and this would pair well with it in a unit on Ireland that does not include St. Patrick's Day! The observation of the mummy is handled [...]


    • Maeve is unnerved when she and her grandfather find a body in the bog in Ballywhinney, 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? Written in [...]


    • Brought this home from the library when we were getting some books for our 3-year-old. Realized pretty quickly that it's not quite age appropriate for her, but I was still interested to read it. It's okay. Neither the story nor the illustrations really capture me, but I would check it out again when G is older and see what she thinks.


    • A wonderful blend of fact and fiction, science and myth, to tell the tale of a mysterious “bog girl” found in the peat moss of Ireland. So sensitively written I had a good cry.


    • Young Maeve and her grandfather are digging peat in a bog near their home when he unearths a body. The authorities are summoned; police procedures are followed; and archaeologists arrive and proclaim it to be a young girl who has been buried and preserved there for probably thousands of years. Neighbors and media crowd around, but the focus is on Maeve and her reaction to these events. Bunting’s expressive free verse conveys Maeve’s “fear and curiosity, but there was more . . .”—astoni [...]


    • I shelved this book in children's , fiction, AND history and mystery because it contains all of these elements in what is the most unique children's picture book I have ever seen. Leave it to Eve Bunting to tackle the case of a young girl and her grandfather finding a thousand year old girl's skeleton in the bog in Ballywhinney, Ireland where they are cutting peat for the fire in such a bold, honest, and unique way. The art is exquisite. It captures the mood and flavor of Ireland beautifully and [...]


    • Highly Recommended [return][return]Maeve and her grandfather were out collecting peat for their kitchen fireplace and they uncovered a dead body. Maeve ran home to tell her mom to call the local police. The police realized it was a mummy and called in archeologists from Dublin. They carefully took the mummy to the museum to test it and put it on display. Maeve began to question whether or not this was the right thing to do.[return][return]It was discovered that the mummy was a girl about Maeve [...]


    • I usually try to post about a picture book on Friday's for my blog, but this one is not so much a picture book as it is a story book with illustrations. I really enjoyed reading this and I think that I would have enjoyed it when I was younger too. I'd put somewhere around 1st grade and up. Younger ones might get a little freaked out. I can totally see myself being completely fascinated by this story, especially at that age when every kid is obsessed with mummies. Ballywhinney Girl is not about E [...]


    • When her grandfather finds the mummified remains of a young girl while digging in the Irish bog, Maeve is, by turns, intrigued, mystified, and troubled by the find. As the remains are removed by archaelogists, she feels a connection to the girl and later wonders about the intrusive investigation of her remains. While Maeve understands that much can be learned by studying the mummy, she is troubled that the girl will be displayed in a museum and wonders whether she might not have been better off [...]


    • This is my last ‘find’ at the library, a brand new book by award winners Eve Bunting, writer of the Caldecott winner, Smoky Night and Emily Arnold McCully, illustrator of the Caldecott winner, Mirette on the High Wire. Eve Bunting was born in Ireland, but now lives in the US. This story is a fictional story of a little girl in Ireland whose grandfather was digging some peat in the bog and found a ‘bog girl’, possibly thought to have been there as long as a thousand years. The story is ca [...]


    • This story gave me both chills and the faintest hint of melancholy. It's about the discovery of ancient body in a bog by a girl and her grandfather. The girl witnesses all that the discovery bring about, from the reaction of her family through the exhumation of the boy by scientists who display the body in a museum. The girl does not approve of what happens to the body, and in the end is wistful about the entire experience. Still, the book was strong enough to have a powerful impact on me, so ev [...]


    • I am not always a fan of Eve Bunting, but this one I enjoyed; perhaps because she writes better when she's writing about her native Ireland. The story is simple; a young girl and her grandfather find a mummy while cutting peat. What follows is less of a story and more of a light introduction to mummies, archeology and history. The young girl Maeve feels a real connection to the "Ballywhinney Girl" and sensitive young readers will sympathize with her emotions. At first glance Emily Arnold McCully [...]


    • This story about a young girl named Maive who finds a body with her grandfather in the bog in Ballywhinney, Ireland, is rather macabre. It turns out it's a thousand year old mummy of a young girl about Maive's age with tufts of hair as blond as hers. She imagines her dawdling along the lanes, picking flowers, and singing. Maeve feels concerned about whether or not she wanted moved to the museum in Dublin to be on display. In the afterword, Eve Bunting explains the science behind the mummificatio [...]


    • Eve Bunting's 'The Ballywhinney Girl' is the story of Maeve and her grandfather who find a mummy of a young girl while walking in a peat bog in Ireland. The mummy, nicknamed 'The Ballywhinney Girl' for the location she was found, is turned over to anthropologists in Dublin and eventually displayed in a museum. Maeve is left to ruminate over the consequences of death, and struggles with wondering whether the mummy girl would have been happier left in the peat bog covered in flowers rather than pr [...]


    • A young girl's grandpa finds a bog child on his property. The police and an archaeologist are called in. The young girl finds out the child is a girl and her imagination reels: how did this girl find herself stuck in the bog, preserved for a thousand years? What was she doing when she was enveloped by the land? How does she feel being dug up from the privacy of her home and put on display in a cold museum? An afterward explains the phenomenon of bog people throughout the world.Young readers will [...]


    • WARNING! This isn't a book for every child and at any age as it (spoiler alert) deals with finding a mummified little girl. Still, something about this book grabbed me. Perhaps part of it is the beautiful language by Eve Bunting and the soft and dreamy illustrations by emily Arnold McCully. I also think it is an interesting way to deal with the topic of death--a crossover of disturbing and beautiful. I also like the complications of archaeology and ethics that come into play in this tale. The st [...]


    • I'm not entirely sure this subject matter fits the audience the book is aimed at. While there are some children that will appreciate this somber, introspective snapshot, I think more would be disturbed by it. The story follows a girl and her grandfather finding a bog body and wondering about the life the girl led before she was preserved. There wasn't much sense of conclusion, and it felt more like a ghost story toward the end. The illustrations were (maybe) watercolor and pen/ink. They were bea [...]


    • Bunting and McCully are an unbeatable combination, but this book requires a particular audience. Based on the fact that the bog lands and peat beds are natural mummifies, and numerous mummified remains have been turned up in the course of hand-cutting peat, This story of a found small mummy is told through the young girl character who fully identifies with the real child the mummy once was. With much more extensive text than is currently typical, this topic, setting,and vocabulary makes it an ef [...]


    • Not a typical picture book read. One day a girl and her grandfather find the remains of young girl buried in their bog, these remains have been laying preserved in the bog for around 1,000 years. Very informative book about how bogs preserve people and relics from the past. I liked the way the young girl in the story showed respect to the found girl and wondered about her feelings about being uncovered after all these years. Interest level on this book would probably be for intermediate age stud [...]


    • I struggle with most of Eve Bunting things I have read, but I actually found this one fascinating. Having been to Ireland I can imagine the bogs that an ancient girl might have walked and where she died, and then the bog preserved and mummified her to be discovered in the modern day. Even though the story is fictitious it is based on true events. They say they find tools and mummies all the time in the bog. However with modern machine cutting the bog these mummies might be destroyed. I still gav [...]


    • I think this would be ok for 8 and up. If the child was younger, I am not sure they would understand this book. It is quite dark. Dealing with death and a body found buried in a field, the subject matter, I don't think, is good for a young child.I was concerned about the attachment the girl in the story has to the mummy.I liked the illustrations of this book and the story, but as an adult. It does open up the subject of mummies and/or Ireland bogs 3.6


    • Summary: "Young Maeve feels a strong connection to the mysterious, mummified body of a young girl that her grandfather uncovers while cutting turf in an Irish bog. Includes facts about bogs and the mummies that have been found in them."I have more books by Bunting than any other author on my list of favorite picture books. The most appealing factor of this story is the gentle Maeve and her sensitivity to those around her as well as her love of and appreciation for the natural world.


    • This collaboration between Bunting and McCully is written in a combination of poetry and prose. It has a nice Irish country feel to it and a pleasant mysteriousness, especially in the part where the young girl in the present day links her life to the 1000 year old dead girl she discovers in a local bog. The mummy is never shown, which may be tasteful but it might not satisfy curious young readers. The afterword about bogs and the history of found "bog people" in modern day Ireland is well-done.


    • I WISH THIS STORY WOULD HAVE BEEN AROUND WHEN I WAS A CHILD!! It basically fits my future career to a T, haha. I honestly don't remember reading anything like this when I was a child. I think I definitely would've been frightened at the thought of finding a body in my backyard, haha. But, regardless, I'm glad a book like this exists because it does give insight into something that is so prevalent today: today and how it's starting to get closer to home.


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