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Mirette on the High Wire
by Emily McCully

In 19th century Paris, Mirette meets a high-wire artist who has lost his courage to perform. She asks him to teach her his art, and as she learns how to balance on her own he gets his nerve back, performs, and shows Paris that he is still the best. Mirette overcomes countless falls on cobblestones in practicing to become a performer too.'s official review said "The story affords a spunky, down-to-earth role model for readers who like to dream big dreams."

This beautiful book is won the Caldecott Medal in 1993!

Reading Levels
Interest Level: Preschool - Gr. 3          DRA Level: 38                    Lexile: 580L
Grade Level Equivalent:  4.1               Guided Reading: P

See Inside
Below is a sample spread from inside this beautifully illustrated book:

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