Mirette was always fascinated by the strange and interesting people who stayed in her mother's boarding house. But no one excited her as much as Bellini, who walks the clothesline with the grace and ease of a bird. When Mirette discovers that fear has kept him from performing for years, she sets out to show him that sometimes a student can be the greatest teacher of all.
Mirette convinces Bellini to teach her how to walk a tightrope, and — despite multiple falls and failures — it doesn't take long before the pair are performing on the rooftops of Paris. And both of them have benefited: Mirette has left behind her routine of chores, and the Great Bellini has found his confidence once again.
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"Mirette, through determination and perhaps talent, trains herself, overcoming countless falls on cobblestone, vaunting pride that goes before a fall, and lack of encouragement from Bellini. The impressionistic paintings, full of mottled, rough edges and bright colors, capture both the detail and the general milieu of Paris in the last century. The colors are reminiscent of Toulouse-Lautrec, the daubing technique of Seurat. A satisfying, high-spirited adventure." — School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Author||Emily Arnold McCully|
|Illustrator||Emily Arnold McCully|
|Publication Date||Apr 14, 1997|
|Award Winners||Caldecott Medal|