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 Mirette on the high wire
 Author: McCully, Emily Arnold


 Publisher:  Puffin Books
 Pub Year: 1997

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 27 cm.

 BTSB No: 622435 ISBN: 9780698114432
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Tightrope walking -- Fiction

Price: $14.06

Summary:
Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boardinghouse, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 6335
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 07698

Awards:
 Caldecott Medal, 1993

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → Caldecott Medal
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews
   School Library Journal (+)
   Booklist
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+)
 The Hornbook (+)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/1992 K-Gr 4-- Mirette's mother keeps a boardinghouse that attracts traveling performers . The girl is intrigued by one silent visitor, Bellini, who has come for a rest. She finds him next morning walking a high wire strung across the backyard. Immediately, she is drawn to it, practicing on it herself until she finds her balance and can walk its distance. But she finds the man unusually secretive about his identity; he was a famous high-wire artist, but has lost his courage. He is lured by an agent to make a comeback, but freezes on the wire. Seeing Mirette at the end of it restores his nerve; after the performance the two set off on a new career together. As improbable as the story is, its theatrical setting at some historical distance, replete with European architecture and exotic settings and people, helps lend credibility to this circus tale. Mirette, through determination and perhaps talent, trains herself, overcoming countless falls on cobblestone, vaunting pride that goes before a fall, and lack of encouragement from Bellini. The impressionistic paintings, full of mottled, rough edges and bright colors, capture both the detail and the general milieu of Paris in the last century. The colors are reminiscent of Toulouse-Lautrec, the daubing technique of Seurat. A satisfying, high-spirited adventure. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue Univ . Calumet, Hammond, IN - Copyright 1992 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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