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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 boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist.
  mbrandel | May 4, 2016 |
Mirette is a brave little girl who is not afraid to do anything. Mireete was able to teach someone how to overcome their fears just by motivating them to try it. This book could be used for Elementary school. The colors in the book give a dull look to the pictures and give the reader a sympathy mood,yet an exciting view of the book. An activity that i could use is to ask students to draw something that they are afraid of. Once they draw the obstacle, i would ask them to write a solution to their fears. After doing this students would voluntarily get up and share their fears. By doing this it would help students to identify their problem and hopefully help them to overcome it. ( )
  kekemsu17 | Apr 13, 2016 |
This book intrigued me after hearing a similar book read by Sam in one of our read-alouds. I have never heard of Bellini, the high wire rope walker, so naturally I wanted to hear more. I liked this book for a few reasons. The message in the book is very sweet and talks about persistence and not giving up on your dreams. The colorful illustrations also make for great visualization throughout the story. I love the part towards the ending that describes her triumphant feat of walking across the high wire! This excerpt is very descriptive, detailing how she run up the steps and spread out her arms to walk across high wire. The big idea/message of this book is to entertain, inform about a famous person in a child friendly manner, and to encourage persistence. ( )
  nfiore5 | Mar 31, 2016 |
This is an enticing example of a realistc fiction because it could be a real life situation. A young girl meets a man who once was a tightrope performer. He has been taken over by fear and no longer performs but becasue of Mirette he is able to work through his fear. The illustrations are colorful and dramatic whic help create the story. Media: pastels ( )
  CrystalBrooks | Mar 30, 2016 |
Genre- Historical Fiction Picture Book
Age- P-I
Mirette on the high wire
This was a really fun book, and it definitely deserved its Caldecott! The story follows Mirette on her quest to learn how to be a tightrope walker. Her teacher is the mysterious Monsieur Bellini. At first he refuses to teach her, but eventually gives in when he sees Mirette’s dedication. This was one of my favorite features, and something that could be neatly incorporated into classroom activity. I would use this book to discuss hard work and perseverance. Mirette displays these characteristics, because unlike many other children’s books, Mirette does not have a natural talent for tightrope walking. She struggles to learn the skills necessary and the book puts a lot of emphasis on how much she had to practice. The story also discusses how crippling failure can be. Bellini struggles with anxiety, and only Mirette’s faith in him can pull him out of it. This is a powerful message about overcoming fear, which is a great thing to share with students. The illustrations were colorful and creative, reminiscent of old French dance hall posters. The bright, abstract style could lead to a discussion on impressionism, but that wouldn’t be my first choice of ways to use this book, because the themes of the story are to interesting to pass up. Because of the open ending of the story, a fun activity could be done where students write about the adventures that Bellini and Mirette go on after the book has ended. Overall, I think this is a worthwhile book to have in a classroom, despite its age, I highly recommend it! ( )
  carleyroe | Mar 29, 2016 |
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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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