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Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold…

Mirette on the High Wire (1992)

by Emily Arnold McCully

Series: Mirette (1)

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Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boardinghouse, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
A long time ago in Paris, Mirette, observes the patrons of the hotel she lives in with her mother. One guest, Bellini, catches Mirette's attention in a rather unique way, she sees him practicing on the high wire. When he is not there she tries it herself. They become friends and he tells her he is afraid. She faces her own fear at the end of the book, so does Bellini.

I believe if you read this appropriately, you could start this book with preschoolers or kindergartners up to third grade (age 8 or 9). ( )
  WAwobbuffet | Jul 28, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 13, 2017 |
I found this book to be a very inspiring and pleasant story. The character, Mirette, exhibits such bravery and determination. The illustrations really add to your understanding of tight rope walking and the likely hood of falling. The illustrator was able to make the images seem three dimensional with such movement, especially the falling images.This book is full of bright colors and contrast, also thin lines and tiny details. In my opinion, this is an excellent choice for shy or timid children to read. It could inspire them to be brave and try even if you don't succeed. The life lesson of determination is quite apparent, Mirette never gave up until she reached her goal. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Feb 9, 2017 |
For this picture book the medium of art appears to be watercolor paintings. The pictures themselves are very colorful and intricately detailed. This seems to add a sort of whimsical tone of imagination to an otherwise realistic storyline. The interaction between the text and the art follow a close parallel with the readers imagination. Overall I feel the pictures work very well along side this text to create a good book. ( )
  cejones4 | Feb 5, 2017 |
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One hundred years ago in Paris, when theaters and music halls drew traveling players from all over the world, the best place to stay was at the widow Gateau's, a boardinghouse on English Street.
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Mirette and the "Great Bellini" traverse the Paris skyline on high wire in the climactic scene of this picture book about conquering fear. The two meet at Mirette's mother's boarding house, where Bellini is staying with a troupe of traveling performers. Mirette persuades Bellini to teach her his art, and soon enough the two are performing above the rooftops of Paris. While Mirette gets to step outside her daily routine of peeling potatoes and scrubbing floors, Bellini manages to reaffirm his mastery. The story affords a spunky, down-to-earth role model for readers who like to dream big dreams. It also offers rich, scenic portraits of 19th century Paris. The book won the 1993 Caldecott Medal.

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Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.

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