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Mirette on the High Wire Paperback – Picture Book, April 14, 1997
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But Mirette doesn’t know that the stranger was once the Great Bellini—master wire-walker. Or that Bellini has been stopped by a terrible fear. And it is she who must teach him courage once again.
Emily Arnold McCully’s sweeping watercolor paintings carry the reader over the rooftops of nineteenth-century Paris and into an elegant, beautiful world of acrobats, jugglers, mimes, actors, and one gallant, resourceful little girl.
★"A bravura performance." --Horn Book, starred review
★"A satisfying, high-spirited adventure." --School Library Journal, starred review
"An exotic, suspenseful story." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Emily McCully's artwork has been included in the International Biennale at Bratislava, and she has won a Christopher Award for Picnic, one of the many picture books that she has both written and illustrated.
Writing also for adults, Ms. McCully has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Her book, A Craving was nominated for an American Book Award.
The idea for Mirette on the High Wire began as a biography of real-life daredevil Blondin. But the author changed her mind to accomodate the tree-climbing child and risk-taking adult she was and is.
copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
- Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (April 14, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0698114434
- ISBN-13 : 978-0698114432
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 660L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 3.99 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.14 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then an agent finds Bellini and asks him to perform a great feat in public: but Bellini confesses to Mirette that he is now afraid of the tightrope, which is why he has been hiding in her mother's boarding house. Still, he doesn't want to disappoint the young girl, and so he takes a step toward returning to life in the air. As it turns out, he cannot accomplish this without Mirette's help. A nice story about talent, ambition, fear, and extending a helping hand.
This book is great as a read aloud for younger kids, and a good early reader for those slightly older. To the author's great credit, the vocabulary is NOT simplified -- your child may actually learn something while enjoying the story.
The 2nd sequel, in which the wire-walking duo cross the Niagara Falls, is OK, but not as magical. Seems a bit forced. We have not read the other sequel yet.
By Tracey Canada on October 17, 2021
By Teimari on January 31, 2021