Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Author & Illustrator: Mordicai Gerstein
Publisher: Roaring Brook
Publication Year: 2003
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Caldecott Medal, Horn Book award, Carnegie Medal
Summary: The story of Philippe Petit's 1974 walk between the World Trade Center's twin towers. Petit secretly snuck up to the roof and at midnight he put a cable between the towers. It was after dawn when he walked between the hours on a wire (shown on two beautiful three page pull-out spreads, one of them vertical). He was arrested and sentenced to perform for the children of the city in the park. At the end, there is touching page with only the words "Now the towers are gone."
Classroom Ideas: This book could be used in a study of 911, of course. Petit is also a very interesting character who could be discussed- Was it worth the punishment to take the chance? Is it ever okay to break the law? What about the danger?