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Mirette on the High Wire (1992)

by Emily Arnold McCully

Series: Mirette (1)

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The illustrations of this book are a delight: it’s simply intuitive to have impressionistic watercolor illustrations for a book set in turn of the century Paris. Each image is dreamy with soft flowing shapes, and bright with rich pops of color. Mirette is a tenacious young girl and a worthwhile protagonist. It’s wonderful to see a female passionate over and skillful in a non-traditional talent. From the gorgeous images to the glorious story, there is a pervasive and charming grandeur to this book that cannot be denied.
  KellyAnnGraff | Apr 1, 2014 |
Caldecott winner, 1993
a young girl in Paris finds herself enamored with the great wire-walker Bellini when he stays at her mother's boarding house. Agreeing to train her, Mirette learns to wire walk. In return, Mirette teaches Bellini to overcome his fears.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
Cute book to teach to students about overcoming their fears. It also has an historical context to it that can be used in Social Studies when teaching about periods in history. It can also teach children to learn that practice is needed and you can do anything if you just try. ( )
  klmontgomery | Sep 5, 2013 |
I liked the historical context to it. My daughter learned that in order to be good at something she has to practice. :) ( )
  lmeza | Aug 31, 2013 |
Enjoyed the watercolor illustrations of 19th century Paris, which are very colorful, partly because the book also takes place around a Parisian boarding house that's popular among performers clad in colorful outfits. The pictures add to the charm of this story about a young girl who becomes the protege of a tight rope walker (the Great Bellini), who's lost his courage to perform on the high wire. At the encouragement of Mirette and an agent, he succeeds again, and Mirette fulfills her dream of becoming a tight rope walker as well. A nice story here of how a teacher and a pupil can help each other. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
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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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