Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

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

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.

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Teaching Children Philosophy: Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion
Reading is Fundamental: Support Materials
Scholastic: Booktalk
Scholastic: Story Extension (Science/Social Studies)
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