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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers…

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Caldecott Winner 2004) (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Mordicai Gerstein, Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)

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Title:The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Caldecott Winner 2004)
Authors:Mordicai Gerstein
Other authors:Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
Info:Square Fish (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 36 pages
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The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (2003)


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This book tells the tale of Philippe, a talented acrobat whose mission it was to walk on a rope between the twin towers. He succeeds and this memory lives on even though the towers have collapsed. The central theme of this book is to always strive for greatness because you never know when it will live on as a memeory. ( )
  india_paige | Sep 13, 2018 |
This is a good book lightly based on the man who walked on a tightrope between the twin towers in 1974. The students would be very interested because they wouldn't be able to believe someone really did this. It would be a good book to discuss the difference between fiction and non-fiction. ( )
  Sydneyls | Apr 23, 2018 |
This book tells the story of Phillipe Petit, a street performer in New York City that bravely walked on a wire from one World Trade Center building to the other. I really enjoyed this book. I'd actually never heard of Phillipe Petit so it was interesting to hear about his life and what he did. This book would be great for a read aloud. Children would enjoy the story and pictures, especially on the longer, folded pages. ( )
  ColbyCronise | Feb 22, 2018 |
This book is the story about Philippe who walked across a tightrope between the Twin Towers. He was a street performer who graduated to bigger and better performances and how he still kept performing even after being arrested. I would use this book around 9/11 so we can remember the great towers. Illustrations: Mixed media Would use this for 1st-5th graders. ( )
  SkyD17 | Dec 7, 2017 |
This is a story of tightrope walker named Phillipe Petit in the 70's. The book is loosely based on the time when he tightrope walked between the twin towers before the effects of 9/11 destroyed them. ( )
  canderson15 | Dec 6, 2017 |
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Mordicai Gerstein was already a talented children’s book illustrator when he decided to start writing children’s books of his own. Since then, he has released dozens of titles and has won nearly as many awards for his stories of childhood innocence, spiritual exploration, and imagination gone wild. His biographical story of tightrope walker Philippe Petit won the 2004 Caldecott Medal, making The Man Who Walked Between the Towers the most distinguished American picture book for children in 2004.
added by sriches | editBarnes and Noble Author Biography, Barnes and Noble
Gerstein's ink and oil paintings of that "joyful morning" aren't for anyone with a fear of heights; the perspectives are dizzying enough to make the strongest stomach lurch. — Elizabeth Ward
added by sriches | editThe Washinton Post, Elizabeth Ward

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In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and--in two dramatic foldout spreads-- the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, the winner of the 2004 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the winner of the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video.

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A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

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