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Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
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Jan 25, 2009

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bookshelves: caldecott-winner, easy-reader-picture-books
Read in February, 2009

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.

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