Mirette on the High Wire: Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the High Wire

Author/Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Year: 1992
Brief Summary: Mirette learns to walk on the high wire from a guest at her mother’s boarding house.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

New York Times Best Illustrated Children”s Books of the Year, 1992′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1993′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss the word “perseverance” or the phrase “practice makes perfect”.  How are these concepts exemplified in the book?
  • Talk about setting goals — small achievable steps that get you to where you want to be.  Have students come up with a goal, then 5-10 steps to get them there.  Discuss how the steps should be small, specific, and achievable…and build up to the final skill.
  • Have you had to learn something from scratch that was really difficult?  How did you manage to learn the skill?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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