Mirette on the High Wire

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Mirette on the High Wire
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AuthorEmily Arnold McCully
IllustratorEmily Arnold McCully
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherPutnam Books
Publication date
[E] 20
LC ClassPZ7.M478415 Mi 1992

Mirette on the High Wire is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. Published in 1992, the book tells the story of Mirette, a French girl who learns to walk on the tightrope. McCully won the 1993 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Mirette lives in a boarding house in France. One day her life is changed by a man named Bellini, a famous tightrope walker, who teaches Mirette how to walk on a tightrope.


Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, best known for their long-running off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, created a musical version of the book in 1996.[2][3]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ Klein, Alvin (August 9, 1998). "THEATER; 'Mirette' at Goodspeed Opera House". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-28.
  3. ^ Kenrick, John (December 2005). "Mirette. The York Theatre Company, NYC". musicals101.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.

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Preceded by
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Grandfather's Journey