The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Here is one of my favorite picture books, written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. It was published by Roaring Brook Press in 2003 and won the Caldecott Medal.


It is the true story of Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers on a tightrope on August 7, 1974. (There is also a 2015 film of this event, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, titled THE WALK, that is worth watching.)


We get to see the daring heist of sneaking into the buildings after hours and setting up the cable,


as well as the famous walk. There are two places in the book where a page unfolds,


revealing a 3-page illustration, and the result is quite spectacular.


This book can be used in a classroom to launch a discussion about 9/11.


Well written and fantastic illustrations. Highly recommended.


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