Mirette on the High Wire
Author/Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
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