Written and Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Book Press, 2003. 40 pages. Tr. $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-1791-3.
Philippe Petit is a street performer who loves to entertain crowds with his juggling tricks and his unicycle. His favorite trick is walking on a tightrope high above the ground. Once, in his hometown of Paris, France, Philippe walked (and even danced!) on a wire between the steeples of Notre Dame Cathedral. Now living in New York, Philippe spots twin towers, each 1,340 feet tall. And he has an idea…
Mordicai Gerstein recounts the remarkable story of Philippe Petit who, on August 7, 1974, walked on a wire strung between the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Gerstein’s ink and oil illustrations capture Petit’s charisma and daring, as well as the astonishing height of the towers. The post-9/11 perspective of this story preserves the memory of Petit’s amazing feat and the magnificence of the World Trade Center. This book may serve as an introduction to 9/11 history for children born after 2001.
Other in-print formats available for this title:
- Gerstein, M. The man who walked between the towers [compact disc]. (2005). Pine Plains, NY: Live Oak Media.
- Sporn, M. (Director). (2005). The man who walked between the towers [DVD]. Norwalk, CT: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated.
Awards won by this item
- Mordicai Gerstein, b. 1935 http://www.mordicaigerstein.com/
- Mordicai Gerstein, b. 1935: http://www.mordicaigerstein.com/bio.html
- “Mordicai Gerstein Biography”: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=2890
Subjects/themes that could be used in programming
- Tight rope walker
- Street Performer
Programming Ideas and/or lesson plans
- Hurst, C. O. & Otis, R. The man who walked between the towers: http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/manwhowalked.html
- Higgins, M. The man who walked between the towers lesson plan: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collateral.jsp?id=32439
Gallery of Mordicai Gerstein’s art: http://www.rmichelson.com/Artist_Pages/Gerstein/Mordicai_Gerstein_Gallery.html