Though set in the nineteenth century, children will easily relate to Mirette and her daredevil spirit. Invite their personal response to the story, letting children share their own daring deeds (riding a two-wheeler for the first time, the first sleep-over, climbing a tree, and so on). Then guide children back to the story with questions that encourage higher-level thinking.
- What are some ways the author makes this story seem real?
- What kind of person is Mirette? (Use a character web to record responses.)
- How do you think Mirette felt when she made it across the wire in the courtyard?