The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Mordicai Gerstein; Illustrated by the author

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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 high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. 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 vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, the winner of the 2004 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the winner of the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video.

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"Gerstein's dramatic paintings include some perspectives bound to take any reader's breath away. Truly affecting."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Readers of all ages will return to this again and again for its history, adventure, humor, and breathtaking homage to extraordinary buildings and a remarkable man."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
 
"With its graceful majesty and mythic overtones, this unique and uplifting book is at once a portrait of a larger-than-life individual and a memorial to the towers and the lives associated with them."
--School Library Journal (Starred Review)

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Mordicai Gerstein; Illustrated by the author

Mordicai Gerstein won a Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, and he 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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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Mordicai Gerstein; Illustrated by the author

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Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Carnegie Medal

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
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April 2007
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466811843
ISBN10: 1466811846
eBook Picture Book - Amazon40 pages, Full Color Illustrations Throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3
$5.70

Hardcover

Hardcover
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September 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780761317913
ISBN10: 0761317910
Picture Book Nonfiction
8 1/4 x 11 inches, 36 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3
$17.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
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April 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312368784
ISBN10: 031236878X
Picture Book Nonfiction
8 x 11 inches, 36 pages, Includes full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3
$7.99
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