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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Mordicai Gerstein Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

In 1974, French aerialist Phillippe 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 drama of Petit's feat.

2004 Caldecott Medal Winner

Ages
3, 6, 8, 4, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
2.5
Lexile Measure
480L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
Q
Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
40

About the Author and Illustrator

Mordicai Gerstein Even as a small child Mordicai Gerstein dreamed of being an artist. He spent much of his youth painting and exploring the world of art in Los Angeles and eventually went to the Chouinard Institute of Art. Gerstein is not only an accomplished children's book author and illustrator, he is a painter, sculptor and award-winning designer and director of animated films.
Mordicai Gerstein Even as a small child Mordicai Gerstein dreamed of being an artist. He spent much of his youth painting and exploring the world of art in Los Angeles and eventually went to the Chouinard Institute of Art. Gerstein is not only an accomplished children's book author and illustrator, he is a painter, sculptor and award-winning designer and director of animated films.

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