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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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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 |
I loved this book! I think it taught a lot about never giving up on your dreams and that with practice and dedication you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.
  ninaberger | Nov 13, 2015 |
In this book, a young girl works at her family's hotel where many different traveling players stay. One day a man came in for a quiet room. Later, as the girl went to get the linens drying outside on the wire but finds the man walking in that wire. The girl wants to do the same thing so she asks the man to teach her but he says no. She practices all week at it and finally gets to where she can walk on the wire. She shows the man and he finally begins to teach her other tricks. One day an agent staying there sees him and the girl hears him talking about the man. She asks him if all he things are true that he did and says she wants to do that. He tells her he no longer can do those things because he is scared and it makes her sad. That makes the man sad so he decides to overcome his fear. When he begins his walk he freezes and the little girl runs up to the wire and walks to him and he walks to her overcoming that fear. The duo becomes a pair in wire walking.
This is a good story because it teaches kids that no matter what their fear that they can overcome it.
I would have the children write down their fears and how they think they could overcome them and draw what they would do.
  Sayge | Oct 28, 2015 |
34 months - we both very much enjoyed this book. We have also read and own Between The Towers also about Bellini. The last time we read this book O had just been finger knitting with yarn and had seen cats at Sea World walk across a high wire of sorts the day before. She decided she wanted to walk a high wire which of course was not going to happen. So instead I cut a piece of yarn tied it between two object for her toys to do the high wire. Well that sparked the creative juices and she then spent a couple of hours playing. :D. I Love when that happens! ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 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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