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Mirette on the High Wire

McCully, Emily Arnold

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ISBN 10: 0399221301 / ISBN 13: 9780399221309
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, NY, 1992
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1993. First Edition, First Printing in a First State Dust Jacket without the Caldecott Medal on the front panel. Bound in aqua laminated cover boards, with illustration on front cover, with dark blue spine with titles in pink and white. Teal blue end papers are clean with an inscription to prior owner inked to top of front free end paper. Otherwise interior pages are clean and unmarked. Un-paginated. Dust jacket is clean with no tears or stains, price intact on flap, in mylar sleeve. The author and illustrator joyfully depicts Paris in the 1800's with her impressionist-like watercolors. Bookseller Inventory # 004660

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Title: Mirette on the High Wire

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: McCully, Emily Arnold

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

One day, a mysterious stranger arrives at a boardinghouse of the widow Gateau- a sad-faced stranger, who keeps to himself. When the widow's daughter, Mirette, discovers him crossing the courtyard on air, she begs him to teach her how he does it.

But Mirette doesn't know that the stranger was once the Great Bellini- master wire-walker. Or that Bellini has been stopped by a terrible fear. And it is she who must teach him courage once again.

Emily Arnold McCully's sweeping watercolor paintings carry the reader over the rooftops of nineteenth-century Paris and into an elegant, beautiful world of acrobats, jugglers, mimes, actors, and one gallant, resourceful little girl.

Review:

Mirette and the "Great Bellini" traverse the Paris skyline on high wire in the climactic scene of this picture book about conquering fear. The two meet at Mirette's mother's boarding house, where Bellini is staying with a troupe of traveling performers. Mirette persuades Bellini to teach her his art, and soon enough the two are performing above the rooftops of Paris. While Mirette gets to step outside her daily routine of peeling potatoes and scrubbing floors, Bellini manages to reaffirm his mastery. The story affords a spunky, down-to-earth role model for readers who like to dream big dreams. It also offers rich, scenic portraits of 19th century Paris. The book won the 1993 Caldecott Medal.

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