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Man Who Walked Between the Towers, The

Man Who Walked Between the Towers, The

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 true account captures the magic of his daring feats, which were performed a quarter of a mile off the ground.

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
7, 8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
2.5
Lexile Measure
480L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
Q
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Genre
Informational Text

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag 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.
Contributor Image Alt Tag 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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