Winner of the Caldecott Medal, Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully is a realistic fiction, picture book inspired by real life daredevil, Blondin. In the story, a mysterious man comes into the life of a small girl who is attracted to his ability to walk upon the high-wire. She too would like to walk on the rope, however the man tries to lead her away from the life of walking above the ground. Against his will, she secretly tries, tries, and tries again to walk on the rope tied up off the ground. When she shows him her abilities to walk across the rope, he becomes her teacher in mastering the skill. Through the lessons the student learns to improve her ability and the teacher also learns a lesson.
An inspirational story; about trying new things, perseverance, living out your dreams, and overcoming your fears. I recommend reading this book to students of all ages to motivate them to do whatever it takes in order to fulfill their hearts desire.
After reading this in my classroom, I would give students the opportunity to write about a time they wanted to try something new and what happened when they achieved their ability to do this task. Or give them an opportunity to reignite a passion through writing about something that they were afraid to try or gave up on because they had no belief in themself to try and try again.
Until next time….