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Mirette on the High Wire (1992)

by Emily Arnold McCully

Series: Mirette (1)

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This was a great book that tells the readers to never give up on their dreams. In this Caldecott winning book, a young girl, Mirette, meets a retired high wire walker named Bellini. Mirette would watch Bellini outside balancing on the high wire and wanted to do the same. She then went on the high-wire when Bellini was not around and, although she kept falling, she refused to give up. Mirette was determined to master the high wire and after all of her hard work, she did it. When she showed Bellini that she can balance on it, he knew that she has potential. He then coached Mirette. In time, she learned how to even flip on the high wire! Not only did Bellini inspire Mirette, but she also persuaded him to not retire from the high wire. The story ends with a poster that says "Mirette and Bellini Wire Walkers" and there was a little girl in front of the poster staring at it. Maybe the little girl is inspired to try high wire walking as well! The book has beautiful and bright watercolor illustrations. I feel that it complimented the text by letting the readers see the bravery and determination of Mirette. I also liked how the illustrator gave Mirette red hair because she easily stood out on every page. After reading this book, I can see why it received a Caldecott. It was a great story showing readers that although something may look tough, if you set your mind to it you will succeed. ( )
  hjaber | Jan 26, 2016 |
Mirette , Learns how to walk on a tightrope with the help of Monsieur Bellini. ( )
  KassRuiz | Dec 3, 2015 |
This is the story of a young girl, Mirette. She learn how to tightrope walk from Monsieur Bellini. She later learns that he used to tight rope himself but has stopped now because of a fear. ( )
  Emilysill | Dec 2, 2015 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 3rd-5th
Summary: This book tells the story of a girl who is taught my a world famous tight rope walker. It also talks about how to face your fears and persevere.
  ecarlson2014 | Nov 21, 2015 |
Mirette and "great bellini" are two high wire experts. Mirette finally gets over her fear and finally steps on a high wire, which had been her dream. Bellini teachers her the tricks and soon she is high wiring over paris.
  taylortrost | Nov 15, 2015 |
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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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