Mirette on the Highwire (Caldecott Medal Book) by Emily Arnold McCully
This story takes place in Paris. The main characters are Mirette (a girl) and Bellini (a high wire walker). People come to Mirette’s mother’s boardinghouse. One night a stranger named Bellini comes to Mirette’s house. Mirette sees Bellini walking on the high wire. She wants to walk on it too. She practices walking on the high wire. Bellini sees her practicing. Mirette wants to walk the high wire with Bellini. Eventually, they walk the high wire together.
I liked the story because it shows that if we practice, then we can do things we thought we couldn’t do. (Catherine, age 6)