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Mirette on the High Wire

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Beautiful, period book

    I purchased the book for my two nieces.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I used this book to start a unit on Balance and Motion. My second graders loved listening to this book, then tring to using their own bodies to balance. Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    A Truly Excellent Story

    This was one of my favorite bedtime stories growing up. It always made me believe in myself. I love this story so much, even now. It's probably one of my all-time favorite books. And the illistrations are amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    Don't let fear guide your life.

    Emily McCully was born in Illinois in 1939. Her father was a writer for radio shows, and her mother was singer and actress. Emily says it was her mother who has inspired her artistic abilities. As a child, Emily loved to doodle and sketch to create her own stories. Emily shares her own experiences and says ¿My advice for aspiring artists and writers is this, don't worry about what other people are doing. Don't try to emulate. Work from what is inside you, crying out, however softly, however timidly, for expression.¿ Mirette on the Hire Wire received the Caldecott Award in 1993. One day, a stranger arrives at the boardinghouse of the Gateau, who is a widow. The stranger keeps to himself. Mirette, the widow¿s daughter, saw the stranger crossing the courtyard in the air. She begs and begs the stranger to teach her. Mirette does not know that the stranger was the Great Bellini, the master wire-walker. Has Bellini been stopped by a fear or did he not enjoy it any longer? Read the rest of the book to find out the ending. The story is about courage that has to reteach by Mirette. It takes courage, faith, and hope. The reading level of the book is second grade, nine month. It is a compelling story of lessons, courage, and friendship. I liked reading this book it gave me hope that we must not let our fears get in the way of our life. In the book says ¿`Once you have fear on the wire, it never leaves,¿ Bellini said. `But you must make it leave!¿ Mirette insisted.¿ This is a very lovely story with wonderful illustrations. McCully, Emily Arnold. Mirette on the High Wire. New York: G.P Putnam¿s Sons, 1992.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    For the daredevil in you!

    This book contains some of the most beautiful watercolors that I have seen in a children¿s book. The story is about a little girl, Mirette whose mother runs a boardinghouse in Paris. One day, a man comes to the house for a room. Mirette finds him walking on a wire in the courtyard. This fascinates her. ¿Oh, please teach me!¿ Mirette begged. The story enfolds with Mirette becoming an unforeseen hero. This story is one of dreams and how you can achieve anything if you work hard and remain focused on the task. The author and illustrator of this book, Emily Arnold McCully was a ¿daredevil child¿. She wrote this book about herself as a child who climbed trees and an adult who takes risks. It is an inspiration for children and adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Mirette on the High Wire

    This Caldecott Medal Award Winner titled Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully is deserving of a rating of five. This picture book is age appropriate for ages four to eight years. It consists of an inspiring story about a spirited, loving young girl named Mirette. The setting of the story takes place one hundred years ago in Paris. Of course, the protagonist of the story Mirette, which is friendly, brave, and someone that children can relate to and admire for her adventures and bravery. The story often evokes strong emotions like excitement and suspense to maintain the reader`s attention. Mirette, is friendly, brave, and someone that children can relate to and admire for her bravery. The emotional state of the story as a whole is positive with suspense here and there. The characters themselves are obviously dynamic. The plot of this story is about an admirable girl who meets the famous Bellini that was known to have performed amazing, tricks. Mirettes observance of Bellini soon had her fascinated watching him walk steadily on a wire. Mirette, naturally adventurous wanted desperately to be able to walk the wire herself. In fact, the text states: ¿Nothing pleased her more than to overhear the vagabond players tell of their adventures in this town and along the road¿. The theme of this story is to encourage young readers that they will eventually succeed in they¿re goals if they set they¿re mind to it. Readers feel compelled to read the story to see if Mirette accomplishes her goal by walking on the wire. This inspiring, heartwarming book leaves the audience wondering if Mirette succeeds and the adventures she gets caught up in. Surprisingly, the story ends with an unexpected twist. This story is categorized as a fantasy genre since it contained at least one impossible element within the story. McCully, Emily Arnold. Mirette on the High Wire. New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons, 1992.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    The Best

    Elizabeth Diggs, Harvey Schmidt, and Tom Jones wrote a musical based on this books. Lyric stage in Irving Texas preformed the play in October of 1999, it starred Ellen Morgan and Leslie Alexander. I helped out on props, it is the best play I have ever seen in my life, read the book it is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Mirette Saves the Day!

    How many children's books do you know where the girl (rather than a boy or an animal) saves the day by doing something heroic? Relatively few come to my mind. As the parent of two daughters, I was delighted to find this wonderful tale of 19th century entertainment fills that bill. Ms. McCully had originally set out to write a biography of the famous tightrope walker Blondin, when she decided to write this book instead. The Mirette character is based on her own recollections of being a brave girl. This book contains unusually high quality illustrations, even for a Caldecott Medal Winner (as the best illustrated children's book of 1993). The style shares a great deal with Toulouse-Lautrec but is more appealing because there is more subtlety and use of soft pastel shades. You will definitely feel like you've stepped through the looking glass into a world of entertainment in 1890's Paris. The story opens to find Mirette helping her mother keep a boardinghouse for entertainers (traveling players for the theaters and music halls) called Gateau's. 'Acrobats, jugglers, actors, and mimes from as far away as Moscow and New York' stayed and ate there. What a wonderful place for a child! Mirette, unfortunately, had the not so exciting tasks of 'washing linens, chopping leeks, paring potatoes, and mopping floors.' She was 'a good listener, too.' One day, Bellini (a retired high-wire walker) came to stay. 'I am here for a rest.' Soon, he had set up his wire in the back and was practicing. He refused to teach Mirette when she asked to learn. 'Once you start, your feet are never happy again on the ground.' She replied, 'My feet are already unhappy on the ground.' While he was away sometimes she would practice. After weeks of falls and problems, she could go across the whole wire. She showed him. He responded. 'Most give up. But you kept trying. Perhaps you have talent as well.' His key advice: 'Never let your eyes stray.' 'Think only of the wire, and of crossing to the end.' When she says she'll never fall again, he warns her not to boast. Later an agent from Astley's Hippodrome in London comes to Gateau's and recognizes Bellini. The agent recounts some of his many feats including crossing Niagara Falls on a 1000 foot wire in 10 minutes, and cooking an omelet on a stove of live coals on the way back. He had also toasted the crowd with champagne. Bellini had crossed the Alps on another occasion. Further, he had fired a cannon from the wire over the bullring in Barcelona, and crossed a flaming wire blind-folded in Naples. Ah! Oh exciting! There's only one problem: He has lost his 'nerves of an iceberg.' Encouraged by the agent, Bellini plans a comeback. He walks out on the wire and freezes. What next? Mirette saves the day by reaching her hands out to him, and meeting him on the wire. The book's final page shows a poster of Mirette and Bellini saying that they are wire walkers who do 'stupendous feats.' A little girl looks up at the poster. As you can see, this is quite a good story, and works in Mirette's heroism in a natural way. The character development is quite good, and the historical context is interesting. Children often wonder what people did for entertainment before television. As a parent, you may want to make a little addition to the story that, of course, Mirette's mother joined them in traveling around to do the act. Otherwise, this story could be incorrectly construed as encouraging young girls to go traveling around with grown men. The great lesson in this book is focus. Where would that lesson help your child? Where would it help you? Use your focus to live your most positive dreams! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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