Mirette on the High Wire

Mirette on the High Wire

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ISBN-13: 9780698114432
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 292,828
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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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Mirette on the High Wire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Great story about overcoming your fears and chasing after dreams
KarriesKorner on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mirette on the High Wire takes place a hundred years ago in Paris, France and the watercolor illustrations are the perfect compliment to the story. As I read the story about a young girl who meets the tightrope walker, Bellini, I felt like I was in France. The subtle details, like the clothing the character wear, make the story believable and engaging. The bright color contrasting with darker tones make this a very pleasurable visual experience.The story of Mirette and Bellini is one of hardship, friendship, courage and strength. A little girl befriends a sad and troubled man, and they help each reach goals and fulfill dreams as they both walk a tightrope to save each other.A beautiful book that will engage students with the illustrations and the story.
EmilyAnnSp on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mirette learns to walk on a high wire from one of the visitors in the boarding house where she lives. She ends up being a protege from a great tight rope walker and becomes famous. This book has great vocabulary for students and is very interesting.
gkuhns on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is set in late 19th century France and details the adventure of a young girl who learns to walk the high wire and rescues her mentor in the process. The vibrancy of the watercolor illustrations and their fuzzed lines infuses the book with the excitement and rush of Mirette¿s boarding house childhood, bringing it to life. Although the narration is third person, the point of view is entirely Mirette¿s. The reader experiences the world as young Mirette does. The book shows how people can positively influence and help one another. It examines the themes of courage and of overcoming fears. The colorful illustrations and exotic plot make this book a good choice for reading aloud to younger elementary school students.
kmacneill on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is set in France in the late 19th century. It¿s about a little girl who¿s mother owns a boardinghouse. A man named Bellini, comes to stay at the boardinghouse. One day Mirette sees him walking on a rope and becomes determined to do the same. Her teacher, Bellini, has let fear stop him from tight rope walking. One night he decides to do a tight rope but is overcome with fear in the middle of it. Mirette rushes to help him and crosses the high wire along with him. This is a great read aloud. Kids will enjoy the curious, brave Mirette.
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This story, set in 19th century Paris, tells the story of Mirette, a young girl who lives in a boarding house that houses acrobats, jugglers and other entertainers. One day a mysterious man arrives who keeps to himself. When Mirette finds him walking on a wire across the courtyard, she is entranced by his skills and she pleads with him to teach her. Day in and day out she practices and soon becomes quite confident in her wire walking skills. One day a talent agent arrives and tells the boardinghouse visitors that the mysterious man is the great Bellini, the man who once walked a tight wire across Niagra Falls. When Mirette asks Bellini why he no longer does his daring feats, Bellini admits that he is afraid. Finally, he gathers his courage to perform another feat, but he freezes as he steps onto the wire. Fortunately, Mirette is there. She crosses the wire and meets the great Bellini half-way. She has truly become his protege.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mirette is a little girl who lives with her mother, the madame of a boarding house in 19th century France. One day ¿The Great Belinni¿ comes to visit and someone recognizes him. He hides his talent, but Mirette is interested in tightrope walking and also sees that he still wants to try. She is captured by him, but she also realizes that he is afraid. She helps him gain the courage to keep tight rope walking.
McKennaMiller on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really liked this book because of the amazing illustrations and circus like magic. Although, I think it was very unwise for Bellini to encourage her to wire walk... it's a little dangerous.
elpowers on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Okay, but not great. Pretty pictures but story lacks depth.
michelle.smith on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Caldecott Medal 1993, This young girl is determined to walk one the high wire when the Great Bellini comes to stay at her mother's boarding house. The illustrations are very capitvating. You can following the story line by just looking at the pictures.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mirette is a young girl who works at a boarding home. One day she sees a man walking on a wire, just a little bit off the ground. She begs him to teach her but he says he will not, so she sets off to learn on her own. Along the way the two become friends and he begins to show how how to walk the highwire. It turns out he is the most famous High Wire Walker but he does not do it anymore. He confinds in Mirette that he no longer walks the high wire because he has lost his courage. Mirette helps him find it again.It is a lovely story.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
You will hold your breath when Mirette steps out onto the high wire above a crowd in Paris to help a gentleman, who has lost faith in himself. This charming book chases fears and doubts away, and leaves you cheering for courage!
emberbun13 More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book for my two nieces.
CMO1 More than 1 year ago
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!
ShelbyCrum More than 1 year ago
It is a cute story about one girl finding her talent. About a girl with determination and the desire to find out who she is and something that she is good at. A great story about inspiration and would read to younger kids. A true delight to read and I just wish I found it earlier. A well-written story with great pictures.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: Mirette On The High Wire Reading Level: Third Grade Genre: Fantasy About the Author: Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and grew up ¿a dare devil child,¿ always climbing trees or buildings. She makes it to college intact, however, and received her BA from Brown University and an MA 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 written and illustrated. Book Review: Mirette is the daughter of Madame Gateau who ran a boardinghouse. ¿One evening a tall, sad-faced stranger arrived.¿ He was a retired high-wire walker and came there for a rest and to be left alone. When Mirette discovers him crossing the court yard on air, she begs him to teach her how it¿s done. ¿Oh, please teach me!¿ Little did she know that the sad-faced stranger who wanted to keep to himself, was once the Great Bellini, master wire-walker, who had been stopped by fear. ¿Once you have fear on the wire, it never leaves,¿ Bellini said. It was Mirette that would teach him courage once again. This is a delightfully wonderful story of courage and accomplishments. I would definitely recommend this book. Bibliographic Information: McCully, Emily Arnold . Mirette On the High Wire. New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons, 1992.
Guest More than 1 year ago
McCully Emily Arnold , Marette on the high wire, G.P Putnam¿s son¿s , new York. Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1939, but grew up in Garden City, New York. Her father was a writer for network radio shows, and her mother was an actress and singer. It was her mother who inspired her artistic abilities as a child. As a child, Emily Arnold McCully doodled and sketched and created her own stories, binding them into books. As class artist in school, she designed posters, backdrops, and programs for concerts and plays. During high school, she often visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and sketched people in Union Square. The city fueled her ambitions for an active life in the arts, theater, and publishing. She attended Pembroke College (now part of Brown University), but instead of studying drawing, she devoted her time to theater, reading, and art history But after graduation, she ended up as a quasi-secretary in an advertising agency. She also earned an M.A. in art history at Columbia. Finally, realizing she had no future in the advertising agency, she put together a portfolio of drawings and took it around to all sorts of art directors. Gradually, jobs trickled in, mostly for book covers. Finally, an editor at Harper and Row Junior Books spotted a poster she had done that featured children. She received her first book illustration assignment. Ms. McCully feels strongly that books should stir the imagination, and she abhors those who would make all books merely palliative or instructive. Like Isaac Bashevis Singer, she too believes that children's books are the last refuge of storytelling. Among the awards she has won, Ms. McCully has received a Christopher Award for Picnic, and the Caldecott award for Mirette on the High Wire. Emily Arnold McCully lives in New York. Marette helped her mother in their boardinghouse. A man came looking for some quiet time. Marette fount him in the back of the building walking on a rope tied up in the air. She was intrigued by this act and wanted to learn how to do it herself. She kept trying until she got it. This talent lead her to do something amazing and unexpected. I thought this was a good book. It teaches children to never give up and you will succeed. The pictures were excellent. They had a lot of details. I think this book is one children would enjoy reading. They could learn a valuable lesson. ¿protégée of the great bellini¿ Kids when you are reading this book you will feel like you are walking on the high wire your self. Just think of all thisthings you could do if you never gave up. Read this book and see what can be done by trying until you succeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mirette on the High Wire is a fantastic book for kids of all ages. Through this story, a child is able to see that even the most unlikeliest dream can come true for anyone. This is a great fanstasy story because it tells the tale of a young girl who gives courgage back to a high wire artist by walking the tight rope in the yard. The two then begin to working together and tells of the great fun that they have. I would recommend this novel to second or third graders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have this is the perfect book for you. 'One hundred years ago' in a small town in Paris the story comes to life. A widow named, Gateau, runs a small boardinghouse with her daughter, Mirette. The two take in a company of traveling performers. A gentleman arrives soon after and is also given a room. Mirette is delighted to find that the man, who is named Bellini, is a tightrope walker. She immediately asks him to teach her but the man refuses. Mirette begins to teach herself. After much determination, she is able to walk the length of a clothing line. Bellini soon agrees teach her the trade. Mirette learns that Bellini was once the greatest tightrope walker in the world but that he does perform anymore because he is afraid. Finally, Bellini decides to overcome his fear and in a spectacular staged event Bellini strings a rope across two building to walk. However, it is only through Mirette's help that he can really regain control of his abilities. This story comes with my highest recommendations. With the fantastic, colorful illustrations, the tale is brought to life. This delightful story encourages all of it¿s readers to always peruse their dreams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Paris, a small girl, Mirette, worked at the Gateau's Boardinghouse, where she encountered many amazing people. One day, Bellini, a famous tight rope walker arrived. She saw in him walking on a clothesline outside and immediately knew that she wanted to be like him. She told him, 'Oh, please teach me! My feet are already unhappy on the ground.' He taught her the basics, and soon she walking on the rope. Little did she know that she would return the favor by helping him. The author, Emily Arnold McCully, not only based the book on her dare-devil days as child, but on Blondin, a tight rope walker. Emily was born in Galesburg Illinois, where her dare-devil days began. She graduated from Brown University in BA in Art History, and later received her MA in Art History at Columbia University. She has illustrated over 100 books and won the 1993 Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. She has also written prize-winning musicals and has acted. Other books that she has written are Grandmas At Bat, My Real Family, and Little Kit, or The Industrious Flea Circus Girl. Mirette and the High Wire is a thrilling story of a girls determination. The book has become a series in which Mirette and Bellini travel the world taking the high wire to new heights. I enjoyed reading this book because it is just fun, and the illustrations are wonderful. Kids everywhere will be amazed with all the tricks performed on the high wire. Grade Level: 3rd McCully, Emily Arnold. Mirette on the High Wire. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992