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Mirette on the High Wire Paperback – Picture Book, April 14, 1997

4.8 out of 5 stars 175 ratings

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★"Mirette makes an enviable and plucky heroine; young readers will want to pull on their own high-button boots and join her as she dances between the rooftops." --BCCB, starred review

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About the Author

Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and grew up "a daredevil child," always climbing trees or buildings. She made it to college intact, however, and received her B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in art history from Columbia University.

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.

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  • 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
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Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois. She was a dare-devil tree-climber and ball-player who loved to write stories and illustrate them. Her family moved to New York City and then to a suburb, where she attended school. After college at Brown University, she earned a Master's degree at Columbia University in art history. She worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines, advertisements and book publishers until a radio station commissioned a series of posters showing children playing. The first appeared in subway cars, where it was seen by a children's book editor. It launched a long career, first as an illustrator, then as author/illustrator of picture books. McCully won a Caldecott Medal in 1993. She has two grown sons, one grandson and lives in New York City and Columbia County, N.Y., where she grows flowers and vegetables.

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When I received this product it came in a package with 2 other books I needed to use in my classroom. When I opened this one to read to my students, I noticed the bad condition of the book. Several pages were torn in the muddle of the book. Not the “new” book I paid for.
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I was super excited about finding this book as it was one I loved when I was young. I purchased this for my son to be able to talk more about making mistakes and perseverance. Unfortunately, the binding was coming undone and totally misprinted. I am incredibly disappointed and definitely do not recommend.
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