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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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A quiet book about a young girl who wants to walk across the high wire just like her friend. A good lesson for teaching patience, and tolerance, even persistence! ( )
  lisaladdvt | Jun 13, 2019 |
This book is a story of bravery and courage. Mirette encouraged Bellini to face his fear and to continue doing what he once loved. The illustrator uses watercolor as her medium. She uses bright colors to convey a vibrant story. She also uses line to display the feelings of the characters. When Mirette is shadowed with Bellini's fear, the illustrator uses dark colors and shadows to convey the mood. ( )
  BMayeux | Feb 14, 2019 |
The tightrope walker stays with the girl and she watches him practice. She realized no matter the challenge she wanted to be like him. Her failed attempts and fears were conveyed through the illustration faces with o-shaped mouths. Extremes of cannon firing on ropes added to the empathy for the tightrope walkers fear. ( )
  mprochnow | Aug 25, 2018 |
  SteppLibrary | Apr 27, 2018 |
Mirette lives in Paris at a boardinghouse where she helps her mother by cleaning and cooking. One day a man named Bellini arrives for a stay. He's a retire high-wire walker. Mirette witness Bellini walking on a rope between two building. She thinks its the most magical thing she has ever seen and begins to teach herself. Mirette then finds out that Bellini is not only a high-wire walker but a famous high-wire walker who has retired because he has developed a fear of the wire. Seeing how to disappointed Mirette is Bellini organizes a small show but freezes after the first step. Mirette race to the rooftop to join Bellini on the rope and she helps him overcome his fear. The two went on tour as a pair.

I enjoyed the story, but I wish there was an author note. Bellini seemed to be based on a real person. I think the Bellini in this book is based on a person named Henry Bellini who tightrope walk across Niagra River in 1873. I also found the watercolor painted illustrations to add more detail to the story. The illustrations that should Mirette practicing shows the reader how hard she was walking to learn to walk on the tightrope. The illustrations help the reader understand how focused and dedicated Mirette was to learning this skill. ( )
  KimWalker85 | Apr 21, 2018 |
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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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