The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

[ KINDLE ] ✽ The Man Who Walked Between the Towers  Author Mordicai Gerstein – Lovelylingeriecompany.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 34 pages
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
  • Mordicai Gerstein
  • English
  • 04 March 2017
  • 0439700418

About the Author: Mordicai Gerstein

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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers The Man Who Walked Between The Towers From A Highly Respected Picture Book Author Illustrator Comes A Lyrical Evocation Of Philippe Petit S Tightrope Walk Between The World Trade Center Towers Full Color Full Description

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10 thoughts on “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

  1. Calista says:

    1st The kids went wild over this book The niece kept asking me if this was made up She couldn t believe this was something that was possible I had to show her the real live photo of him doing this My nephew thought this was the coolest thing ever Every drawing of the walk he said, WOW They both loved the fold outs in the book of the towers It was fun to read with them and see their amazement.The book did a nice job catching the spirit of the event The art has a movement to it I love th 1st The kids went wild over this book The niece kept asking me if this was made up She couldn t believe this was something that was possible I had to show her the real live photo of him doing this My nephew thought this was the coolest thing ever Every drawing of the walk he said, WOW They both loved the fold outs in the book of the towers It was fun to read with them and see their amazement.The book did a nice job catching the spirit of the event The art has a movement to it I love the picture of the birds close to Phillip It is such a wonderful story to tell It seems like something a children s book would make up and yet it is something that actually happened.I did see this documentary years about about this event It was fascinating The twin towers was built when New York didn t needspace and the towers were only half full They were scrambling to get people here The judge went easy on Phillip because the owners were so pleased with the stunt as it brought positive brilliant attention to the Towers He saved their bacon Hearing what he was thinking and feeling on that wire is worth it It was beautiful He s also so French He is a beautiful soul and I m glad this is immortalized in literature now It s an enjoyable read

  2. Diane says:

    This is a lovely children s book about Philippe Petit, a French street performer who daringly snuck into the World Trade Center in August 1974, strung a cable between the Twin Towers and then walked on the wire, 1,350 feet above ground Petit and his high wire stunts been featured in several films, including the Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire I was working in the juvenile section of my library when I discovered this beautifully illustrated book about him It s an amazing story, but, sin This is a lovely children s book about Philippe Petit, a French street performer who daringly snuck into the World Trade Center in August 1974, strung a cable between the Twin Towers and then walked on the wire, 1,350 feet above ground Petit and his high wire stunts been featured in several films, including the Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire I was working in the juvenile section of my library when I discovered this beautifully illustrated book about him It s an amazing story, but, since this book was published in 2003, it s also bittersweet because it ends on the note that the Towers don t exist any.Still, this is a charming children s book Recommended for parents who wouldn t worry they were inspiring their kids to climb tall things

  3. Kathryn says:

    Beautifully told Unlike some picture book biographies, it is not dense, it feels light and free, like Petit himself when he is on the highwire I felt that it captured the spirit of this remarkable man and provided just enough details to really make the story feel alive The illustrations compliment the text in a superb way I thought the use of the pull out pages to make the wire seem longer, the towers seem higher, was quite clever I also felt that the tragedy of Sept 11th was dealt with in Beautifully told Unlike some picture book biographies, it is not dense, it feels light and free, like Petit himself when he is on the highwire I felt that it captured the spirit of this remarkable man and provided just enough details to really make the story feel alive The illustrations compliment the text in a superb way I thought the use of the pull out pages to make the wire seem longer, the towers seem higher, was quite clever I also felt that the tragedy of Sept 11th was dealt with in a sensitive manner it is alluded to a heartbreaking illustration of the skyline with no towers and the simple sentence Now the towers are gone without the tragedy becoming the focus of the story and it ends honoring their memory and the memory of the joyous occasion when Petit walked between them I actually didn t really know any details about the event though I knew about his walking between the wires

  4. Book Concierge says:

    From the book jacket In 1974, as the World Trade Center was being completed, a young French aerialist, Philippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the two towers and spent almost an hour walking, dancing and performing tricks a quarter of a mile in the sky.My reactionsGerstein brings the sense of awe and wonder to Petit s amazing feat He also recognizes the illegality of the stunt and that Petit was arrested and charged with a crime for trespassing, though his sentence was to perform free for th From the book jacket In 1974, as the World Trade Center was being completed, a young French aerialist, Philippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the two towers and spent almost an hour walking, dancing and performing tricks a quarter of a mile in the sky.My reactionsGerstein brings the sense of awe and wonder to Petit s amazing feat He also recognizes the illegality of the stunt and that Petit was arrested and charged with a crime for trespassing, though his sentence was to perform free for the children of New York His illustrations are beautifully rendered, and I particularly enjoyed those from a bird s eye perspective They even evoked a sense of vertigo Two fold outs expand the scope, one showing the view as Petit crosses the wire, with birds flying beneath him, and the Hudson far below, the other giving a sense of the vertical height from the ground as spectators watch in amazement

  5. midnightfaerie says:

    An amazing true story about a man who walked a high wire between the twin towers as it was being built in 1974 A year before I was born Another well deserved Caldecott award winner, the illustrations do much for adding to the amazing story of this man The change in reading the book from vertically to horizontally on some pages with some pages folded over for extended pictures really adds to the book As well as the poignant reminder at the end of the book that the twin towers no longer stand An amazing true story about a man who walked a high wire between the twin towers as it was being built in 1974 A year before I was born Another well deserved Caldecott award winner, the illustrations do much for adding to the amazing story of this man The change in reading the book from vertically to horizontally on some pages with some pages folded over for extended pictures really adds to the book As well as the poignant reminder at the end of the book that the twin towers no longer stand, something I had to explain to my 5 yr old An engaging story that my 5 yr old and I loved, but was over the head of my twin preschoolers This will definitely be one we visit again in the future

  6. Greg says:

    I think I might have really liked this book as a kid Shit happens though and what I might have liked as a kid I don t really care for any.

  7. Toby says:

    I watched the Academy Award winning documentary Man on Wire last night in preparation for re reading Mordicai Gerstein s Caldecott Medal book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers The event celebrated in the book, Philippe Petit s high wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, just seemed crazy to me, until I met Petit, up close and personal, in the film He was a man with an impossible dream that he was ultimately able to achieve by the force of his own determination and irrepr I watched the Academy Award winning documentary Man on Wire last night in preparation for re reading Mordicai Gerstein s Caldecott Medal book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers The event celebrated in the book, Philippe Petit s high wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, just seemed crazy to me, until I met Petit, up close and personal, in the film He was a man with an impossible dream that he was ultimately able to achieve by the force of his own determination and irrepressible personality I was not charmed by the book when it won the Caldecott Meal in 2003 In fact I m not even sure I read it But after viewing Man on Wire and seeing the incredible time, effort and luck involved, I have a new appreciation for the story and the way Gerstein told it For example, the use of line both vertical and horizontal highlight the 1340 foot height and the 440 lb cable that spanned the distance between the towers Gerstein s retelling is accurate, as far it goes The illustration of Petit, who was balancing a policeman s cap on his nose after he was arrested, is actually in the film, and foreshadowed his appearance at the 2009 Oscars, when he did the same with the Oscar statuette available to view on YouTube, of course My favorite illustrations, however, are the 3 horizontals as the sun is rising on the morning of August 7, 1974 and Philippe is stretching out his arms, ready to make his dream come true Gerstein dedicates his book To Philippe Petit for the gifts of his courage, his impeccable art, and his mythic sense of mischief He also mentions that he d often enjoyed Petit s New York street performances in the 1970 s, although he did not see the walk between the towers himself For me, the background knowledge about Petit himself has been critical to my appreciation of Gerstein s book It engages interest in the book in the same way an author study can Teachers and librarians should take advantage of this opportunity to pair the Man on Wire DVD with The Man Who Walked Between the Towers so kids can be awed and inspired by an event that will never be repeated Adults will also want to read the award winning Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

  8. Agnė says:

    I never heard about Philippe Petit or his famous tightrope walk between the World Trade Center s Twin Towers in 1974, so it s not surprising that I was blown away by the story I mean, I couldn t believe it really happened But obviously it did, and here s the proof Gerstein s illustrations capture the magnitude and drama of Philippe s accomplishment perfectly I got dizzy just by looking at the pictures, haha By the way, Philippe Petit really did lie down to rest in the middle of a 5 8 inch tig I never heard about Philippe Petit or his famous tightrope walk between the World Trade Center s Twin Towers in 1974, so it s not surprising that I was blown away by the story I mean, I couldn t believe it really happened But obviously it did, and here s the proof Gerstein s illustrations capture the magnitude and drama of Philippe s accomplishment perfectly I got dizzy just by looking at the pictures, haha By the way, Philippe Petit really did lie down to rest in the middle of a 5 8 inch tightrope 1,340 feet above ground, and here s the proof for that Also, Gerstein s use of dramatic foldout spreads is amazing I wasn t that impressed by Gerstein s text though it is supposed to be lyrical and occasionally even rhymes, but somehow it didn t flow for me However, the story seems to be well researched but at the same time sounds magical and suspenseful instead of dry, and I really appreciate that

  9. Laura says:

    2004 Caldecott MedalIn 1974, a French aerialist, Philippe Petit, tightrope walked between the Twin Towers This nonfiction picture book has beautiful illustrations, a few foldout pages to enhance his dance between the towers, and the story itself is exciting to read My kids kept asking me, Did this REALLY happen Is this a true story They all thoroughly enjoyed this story.

  10. Amar Pai says:

    Beautiful story, beautifully told I was taken aback by the end when he points out that the towers aren t there any I told my kids, that s a story for another time If you liked Man on Wire and who didn t you ll like this.