Mordicai Gerstein

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Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures.”
 
He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. “I’m still surprised to be an author,” he says. “I wonder what I’ll write next?” Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.


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How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers

Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

In this simple, step-by-step instructional picture book, learn how you too can visit the moon on your bicycle! All you need is a very long garden hose, a very...


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Parrots & Pirates
A Mystery at Sea
by Elizabeth Levy, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

It's been six months since their last adventure aboard the S.S. Excalibur and Philipa and her friend Philip (who happens to be the son of the ship's captain)...


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Danger & Diamonds
A Mystery at Sea
by Elizabeth Levy, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

Phillipa has always loved Agatha Christie mysteries, but it’s not until the new captain’s son and some interesting guests come aboard the cruise ship where she...


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Applesauce Season

written by Eden Ross Lipson, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

When the first apples of the season--Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold--show up in the city markets, it's time to take out the big...


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I Am Arachne

Elizabeth Spires; Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Square Fish

Inspiring and timeless Greek and Roman tales told in first person accounts of dramatic events with art from Caldecott Medal winner, Mordicai Gerstein....


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A Book

written & illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

A CHILD IN SEARCH OF HER STORY Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein looks at books from a whole new angle. Once upon a time there was a family who lived in...


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How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird

by Jacques Prevert, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

A GIFT FOR EVERYONE A child wakes up, puts up an easel, picks up a brush and paints--paints a perch, a tree, the warmth of the sun and the sound of the...


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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Mordicai Gerstein; Illustrated by the Author
Square Fish

In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing...


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The Old Country

Mordicai Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press

From the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal comes a memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports readers to the Old Country,...


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Sholom's Treasure

Erica Silverman; Pictures by Mordicai Gerstein
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The boy whose stories became Fiddler on the Roof Sholom Aleichem's favorite childhood memory may have been listening as his father read stories aloud on...


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Sparrow Jack

Mordicai Gerstein; Illustrated by the author
Frances Foster Books

A lively twist on the immigrant story When John Bardsley leaves England to seek his fortune in America, he finds that his new city, Philadelphia, is...


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