Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls

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The world's most beloved wire walkers are back! In this adventure, Mirette and Bellini sail to America, where they have accepted an invitation to cross Niagara Falls. Mirette soon discovers that the usual risks of high-wire walking are intensified by cutthroat competition. It's courage and skill that bring Mirette and Bellini through even the toughest challenges and make both Mirette and this book a winner.

Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully (Mirette on the High Wire) delivers her newest, most delightful story of tender friendship and thrilling adventure.

Praise for Mirette on the High Wire:

"McCully has created an independent female protagonist....A bravura performance." --The Horn Book, starred review

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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.
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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Grade 1-4-Mirette and Bellini are stateside in this adventure. Readers meet the duo on deck of the SS Magnifique bound for New York, where the famous wire walkers intend to cross Niagara Falls. On board, they befriend a Polish orphan who is traveling in steerage. Upon their arrival at Ellis Island, Bellini and Mirette try to shepherd young Jakob through the complex, intimidating immigration process. When he is threatened with deportation because his uncle is not there to meet him, Bellini steps in and identifies the boy as his assistant. The three travel to Niagara Falls and are soon swept up in the carnival atmosphere surrounding another boastful performer named Patch who has issued a challenge to Mirette and Bellini. As the day of the wire-walking duel dawns, Jakob observes that Patch is intending to ride a bicycle across the falls, a feat that looks quite daring, but is not since the bicycle is actually attached to the wire. Just after the boy makes this discovery, he sees one of Patch's cohorts tampering with his friends' wire. McCully's luminous watercolor-and-pastel portraits dramatize the thrilling sequence of events masterfully. Historical details from turn-of-the-century America conveyed by both the text and illustrations make this title useful for social studies as well as literature curricula.
Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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