Read The Banshee by Eve Bunting Emily Arnold McCully Online


“SCREE . . . SCREE . . .” Terry is half asleep when he hears the wailing, rising and falling like the waves of the sea. He wishes it were a dream, but he knows it isn’t. It isn’t an owl screeching, either. Or the Flannerys’ old cat. Could it be the Banshee—the ghostly figure of Irish legend who wails outside a house when death is near? Why would she come here? In spite of“SCREE . . . SCREE . . .” Terry is half asleep when he hears the wailing, rising and falling like the waves of the sea. He wishes it were a dream, but he knows it isn’t. It isn’t an owl screeching, either. Or the Flannerys’ old cat. Could it be the Banshee—the ghostly figure of Irish legend who wails outside a house when death is near? Why would she come here? In spite of his fears, Terry goes out to confront her. Is it really the Banshee, or . . . something else?...

Title : The Banshee
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ISBN : 9780618821624
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Banshee Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-07 23:27

    This story was scary!!! with both supernatural fears and the very real fear of the possible death of an ill child/sibling in this family's house. In Irish hfolklore, the banshee is said to cry around the house of one who will die--so the older brother in this story is very worried when he hears a "scree! scree!" outside because his brother is not well and he is afraid it means he will die--and because banshees are really scary looking and he doesn't want one around! His mother won't believe that it's a banshee, so the boy bravely goes to investigate, taking his beloved peacock feather as an offering to the banshee, hoping she will take it an spare his brother's life. But, is there really a banshee outside???This story nicely displays brotherly love, selflessness and bravery... and the conflagration of imagination when given just a little bit of frightening fodder. Truth be told, it was a little scary/dark for my taste, but I definitely appreciated the effort.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-03-24 01:30

    A creepy story about a young Irish lad who thinks he hears a banshee wailing in the night. It turns out to be something else entirely...or is it? And why is the lad holding a peacock feather in his hand on the cover? Read on and find out, preferably on Halloween night! Well told, and atmospherically illustrated. It seems to be based on something the author's father claimed happened to him when he was a boy. A great choice for a Halloween readaloud.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-03-21 06:43

    Lying in bed on a cold and windy Ireland night, Terry is frightened by the screeing of a banshee outside in the yard. Is it coming for him? For Liam, his sickly brother? Or for Ma or Pa? Ma says banshees are just superstition, but Terry's friend Colin saw one once, so Terry's not sure who to believe. This book is spooky enough in tone to keep kids listening but not so scary they'll abandon it in fright, and the reassuring ending will be welcomed by many nervous children. McCully's watercolors in dark browns and grays with a touch of blue almost tell the story on their own, revealing the boy's emotions vividly. Read this to younger elementary students at Halloween for just the right amount of creepy.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-01 04:43

    This is a wonderfully haunting tale that is just the right amount of creepy without being over-the-top or giving a child a nightmare. The Irish lore incorporated into the tale is terrific and I love the concern the boy has for his brother. Overall, it's a great book to read aloud, especially at Halloween. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  • paula
    2019-03-11 23:21

    Not a bad ghost story. In fact, such a not-bad ghost story that I wouldn't hand this to anybody under 3rd grade.

  • Amanda Lyons
    2019-02-27 01:32

    This is well written but I think it might be better for older kids than my son. At 5 he found this pretty scary. It plays off the creepiness very well especially with the art style.

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-02-28 01:37

    This was kind of a spooky scary book for younger and or sensitive readers-listeners. My adult special needs son got scared from time to time as I was reading it him so not real sure he enjoyed the book; but to me it was a pretty nice book (of course for age appropriate) A little boy was afraid of the Banshee that he'd been told of. He was afraid she was after him. So he got his curage up and went outside with his favorite feather that his dad gave him. it gave him courage and he felt if he gave it to the banshee she wouldn't come after him or his family. What he found wasn't the banshee but things in his yard and it's shadow. BUT he wasn't taking any chances and left the feather 'just in case'....

  • Melissa Morgal
    2019-03-20 23:19

    Would be a scary/thrilling story for elementary students. Fun to read around Halloween! Can also talk about different cultures and their folktales and stories. Banshee is an Irish superstition of a ghost woman who calls outside of the house where there may be death.

  • Elizabeth Menchaca
    2019-03-18 05:43

    “Banshee: The ghost figure of a woman who wails and keens outside a house where there may be death. An Irish superstition.” Terry is fading into sleep one night when he suddenly hears the Banshee outside of his house “SCREE… SCREE…” he quickly awakes, checks on his brother who is sleeping in the bed next to him then decides to go warn his parents. Once he wakes up his mom she reassures him that it is nothing but a superstition then guides him back to his bed. He begins to feel a little better once he remembers that his friend is always making up crazy stuff like the story of the Banshee and that he shouldn't believe him. But as soon as he starts fading into sleep once more he suddenly hears the noise again! “SCREE… SCREE…” Now Terry is certain that she is out there and most likely here for his brother who is often sick. He realizes it is all up to him to save Liam. He decides to offer the Banshee his “best thing” which is a beautiful peacock feather that his “da” gave him; in return for his family’s. Building up his courage Terry steps out into the dark scary night, as he walks further into darkness he suddenly sees the Banshee in a dark corner against the back wall.The Banshee was a very creative and relate-able book it not only teaches children about an old true Irish superstition but it also gives children a positive example of learning how to face your fears and what it means to be brave. The main character has qualities that are easy for children to identify with such as being afraid because of a spooky story you heard or because of a scary movie and believing in . I also really liked that Bunting provides the reader with the definition of Banshee this helps set the spooky mood of the story. Her word choice also helps set the spooky mood for example; "slither" and "keens" which are very likely new vocabulary for most children reading this book. Her short sentences make the book an easy read and it sound a bit poetic. The illustrations are very striking ,vivid and reinforce the theme rather well for example, when Terri gets scared the colors become darker and cover the entire page. Over all this is a great picture book children will relate to and truly enjoy you

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-03-23 04:18

    What I love the most about living in a large metro area and having these big huge libraries to choose books from is I often find books I'm surprised to find as picture books. To me, I honestly don't care. I know even small children all have different tastes and I think there should be a variety of books out there for them. But I know most adults, especially parents, think otherwise and feel as if they know everything about what is best for all children of the world, and therefore when a story like this comes along, I'm surprised there wasn't such stink about it that it got banned from libraries. This is, for all intents and purposes, basically a scary story for children. The illustrations could be considered a bit frightening and the storyline is for sure. But, I think it's cool. I nanny for a little 7 year old girl that loves all things scary and creepy. She would probably love this book. For me, it was kind of "eh." It was an alright story and the illustrations were okay. The ending felt very abrupt to me. But besides my own personal opinion of the book, I do find it quite fantastic that such a scary book exists for children.However, if you are a parent, I would advise reading the book through first before deciding to read it to your children. I can imagine many an unsuspecting parent either checked out this book or bought this book for their child thinking it might just be another cutesy kid story about witches and whatnot to find something completely different. And I'd guess that many of those parents probably weren't happy about it. But for me, I think it's neat a book like this exists, even if I didn't enjoy it that much.

  • Mike Romesburg
    2019-03-17 07:44

    "Final Project" - Author Study: Eve BuntingThis was not particularly one of my favorite stories, but it still teaches the lesson of facing fears. Many children/young adolescents today have fears that appear much larger and more intimidating than they really are. Whether it be the darkness, storms, wild animals, etc. children go through everyday life terrified of certain things. In this story, Bunting and her main character, Terry, show that facing fears is the only way to dispatch of them completely. At first, Terry will not move from his bed and is terrifying himself with thoughts that the Banshee is coming for him. However, he decides to face the Banshee once and for all to put an end to his being scared. As it turns out, the "Banshee" is just an overturned bucket that is aiding in the horrible whistling noise he was hearing all night.Overall, children reading this book will hopefully understand that oftentimes their fears are simply illusions stemming from their wildly expanding imaginations. Even though this was not my favorite book, it still delivers an important message that can help kids combat many fears.

  • Nielson
    2019-02-25 06:24

    This would make a great Halloween read-a-loud! My heart was pounding the whole time. Terry, who lives in Ireland, is asleep when he is awoken by a "Scree....Scree....." sound. He thinks its the Banshee, a ghost figure of a woman who wails when there may be death near. Terrified, he deals with it the only way he knows courageously going outside to confront the Banshee. This is a pretty scary book and the fact that it is written in first person makes it seem even more real. The dark pictures add to the spookiness of the story. One thing I didn't like was that the Irish voice wasn't consistent throughout the story. Sometimes it sounded Irish and other times it didn't. I would definitely put this book out during Halloween, but I probably wouldn't read it aloud to 2nd grade or younger.

  • Luann
    2019-03-16 00:38

    I'm considering using this one in my Halloween storytime with my fifth and sixth grade classes. It's a nice blend of scary yet not too scary while giving the chance to introduce some Irish folklore. The illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully really add to the scariness of the story. I think my students will identify with Terry, the boy narrating the story. He's brave! I also really like how the story ends. I'll add more to this review about student reactions if I end up using the book. 3.5 stars.

  • Karen Arendt
    2019-03-02 07:42

    I was concerned that this book would be too scary for grades K-1. And it may be for some of them, but I liked this book. I love Irish folklore. Terry hears what he thinks is a banshee outside his window. His brother, Lim, is delicate (sickly) and so Terry thinks the banshee has come for Liam. Terry is brave and offers a special object of his own to the banshee will let Liam live. Turns out that it wasn't a banshee just the wind.... This would be good around St. Patrick's Day for Irish culture or around Halloween for a spooky story.

  • Karen
    2019-03-20 02:18

    My first grade son has become obsessed with banshees. He was convinced that they come out on St. Patrick's Day night (last night), and so he checked this book out from the library yesterday. I liked this book. It dealt with some very real issues -- such as the nearness of death -- but also gave a logical explanation (should you choose to believe it) for the harbinger of death. Wonderful illustrations, too.

  • Shanessa (Children Books)
    2019-02-24 00:21

    A new favorite of ours. Creepy story with the right amount of scare. Loved that it was set in Ireland. My son was very interested in learning the folklore of Banshees. It's hard to find stories this scary for kids nowadays and my son loves scary books. Glad we came across this one. Wonderful illustrations and descriptive language and a somewhat cliffhanger of an ending.

  • Mirranda Rhea
    2019-03-22 02:18

    What I would say about this book is I probbaly wouldn't read this to my children, if I had any. The book explains first that the banshee is an Irish superstition. The book is about a boy thinking that a bnashee is outside his window. Like any child, he is scared to death of it. To me this book is a scary book for chidlren, one of those books that could take it as a scary story for children.

  • Rachel Berry
    2019-02-23 07:23

    I gave this book three stars. It tells the legend of The Banshee. A banshee is an urban legend in Ireland, a lady dressed in white who comes to the houses of the ill and sick. In just a few days time or maybe a week, the sickest person usually dies.

  • Stacy Kirkman
    2019-03-26 01:43

    The illustration in Banshee goes very well with the feeling of being frightened by whats outside to get you in the dark. The author uses descriptive language that helps the reader feel scared along with the boy in the story.

  • Paige
    2019-03-04 23:46

    I always loved scary stories as kid, so I figured I'd check this one out. It's a nice introduction to the Irish legend of the banshee and the dark watercolours do a nice job of building on the character's sense of dread out in the darkness.

  • Allison
    2019-02-24 23:18

    Terry wonders if the legendary banshee is outside his house in Ireland, coming to get his delicate younger brother. Courage, bravery, self--sacrifice.Eve Bunting made me practically pee my pants with fear when I was six, and honestly not much has changed.

  • Autumn
    2019-02-26 06:45

    This is a great Children's book filled with tension and suspense. I do not ever remember reading one that held my interest as much as this one. It's dark and a little spooky. It's a fun read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-25 05:44

    Not sure I'd read this to my kids.... a wee bit scary.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-23 02:47

    Illustrations too dark to carry for a storytime - beter used as a lap read or one-on-one scary tale time

  • Mollie B
    2019-03-16 00:45

    not great for storytime, but it was a bit scary . . . and the ending was kind of a cliffhanger.

  • John
    2019-03-16 00:23

    It was pretty good I kept waiting for something scary to happen but itnever did.

  • Katie
    2019-02-28 02:18

    This book is really scary!! I read it to 2nd graders and a few of them seemed absolutely terrified.

  • Lesley Looper
    2019-03-16 23:17

    I like scary stories, so I liked this story and the accompanying illustrations a lot! It would be a good Halloween read-aloud.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-18 23:20

    Moody and atmospheric, potentially scary to some kids, but Malcolm asks for this book in all seasons, and asks for it incessantly with the approach of Halloween.

  • Ariel
    2019-03-02 04:40

    This was entertaining to read, but kind of terrifying.