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Monday, February 23, 2009

Mirette on the High Wire

What a fun time we've had reading this book. I just had to share! Mirette on the High Wire is an adorable story about a little girl who coaxes a retired tightrope walker (Mr. Bellini) into training her.

For his birthday my little boy received a circus ring from his grandparents!  (Can you say perfect timing?)  We rigged up a tightrope by stretching picture wire across the top of the ring and the kids got busy trying to figure out how to balance marshmallows on it.  Here is the play by play...

Will one marshmallow balance all by itself?  

No, it is too round.  What if we attach two marshmallows together with a toothpick to make a flat area?

No, it wobbles too much.  What if we use two toothpicks and two marshmallows?

Yes, well, sorta . . . No, it isn't really balancing.  What if we make it look like a person with arms and legs?

No, too top heavy.  What if we take the head and arms off?


Of course, with this grand knowledge they took off on an amazing exploration of all the things that they could make balance on their "tightrope" . . . and mommy got a nice quiet afternoon (and quite a few toys to wash that evening).

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