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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2003)

by Mordicai Gerstein

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A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
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This book is based on a true story about a man who decided to walk between the twin towers. He was brave enough to do so and it can give the audience a scarce feeling while reading this book. Especially since it is based on true events, it would be more exciting to read about. “I’ve walked through many of places, but I knew walking between the towers would be memorable.” ( )
  vivianarama | Nov 16, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
The man who walked between the towers is a bout a man named Philippe Petit, a dare devil of sorts. He looked at the twin towers and saw an opportunity to satiate his desire for excitement.
In the early 70's the towers were under construction, he saw this as a way to enter the unfinished building to construct, plan, and prepare his walk between the towers. He was hilariously successful while frustrating the authorities and nearly giving the local onlookers heart-attacks! He was hand cuffed and taken to jail but not before dancing, playing, and swirling on the wire high above the ground. He went to court and the judge sentenced him to entertain children at a local park. I enjoyed this book especially the ending as it remarks to the memory of that day Philippe Petit walked between the towers bringing excitement and cheer and also a gentle reminder of what was and now is not.

I enjoyed the water color painted illustrations, the extended pages, and Mordicai's writing style. ( )
  saylore | Jan 31, 2020 |
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  CapitalCityPCS | Sep 20, 2019 |
An iconic event, the tightrope walk between the towers. ( Let the Great World Spins found inspiration here, too.) Ostensibly for children, this graphic and lovely book leads adults into gentle questions. What does it mean to feel free? What kind of tightropes do we walk with exuberance? How do we mark memories? ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
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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.
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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
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TO PHILIPPE PETIT
for the gifts of his courage,
his impeccable art,
and his mythic sense of mischief
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Once there were two towers side by side.
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