Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully is a powerful picture book that promotes gender roles, a growth mindset and determination

Mirette lives in her mother’s boarding house in Paris. Many travelling performers stay at Madame Gateaux’s boarding house as they pass through the city. One such guest is Monsieur Bellini, a master high-wire walker who is dealing with anxiety about his ability to perform. 

Mirette watches him walk on the clothesline without falling, unaware he is the Great Bellini. She begs him to teach her own to walk the high wire. Through her determination and courage, she helps Bellini conquers his own fears. Together, they perform in Paris letting the world know that Bellini is still Great.

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
Publisher: G.P. Putnamʾs Sons (1992)
ISBN: 9780698114432

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