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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Jimmy and the Banshee by Dan Kissane
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 1999
ISBN 0-86278-549-9

Jimmy McElhatton is surprised when he meets an unusual woman down at the Hegarty's old place. Strangers don’t appear very often in his village. Jimmy has a funny feeling that he needs to put some distance between himself and this lady. Then he meets another, standing on the footbridge at night! Who are they? What do they want?

Jimmy and the Banshee by Dan Kissane

A strange symbol carved on a flat, black rock by the well at the back of Hegarty’s house also has a particular significance.

Children will enjoy Dan Kissane’s humorous descriptions. For example, Jimmy describes his friend as having “one of those faces that looks as though someone has sat on it, and with his red hair standing up in spikes, he looked like he had been dragged backwards through a hedge.”

This story will acquaint today’s schoolchildren with one of the common myths of old Ireland, the banshee. The banshee, a subject of Irish mythology is delivered in a hair-raising adventure story that’s sure to grab the attention of young readers.

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