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Book Review: The Man Who Walked Between The Towers

22 Feb

This is a lovely book that not only introduces young readers to the amazing french tightrope acrobat, Philippe Petit, but also subtly pays tribute to the memory of the twin towers.  Follow Philippe as he secretly plans how to disguise himself and sneak up to the top of the unfinished twin tower buildings.  Filled with suspense and wonder, readers are drawn into the adventure of suspending the cable between the towers and Philippe’s one hour “performance” dancing along the wire while police waited for his arrest at either ends.  The book closes with a sentiment of remembering not only the towers but also this amazing moment in history on the morning of August 7, 1974.  This Caldecott Award-Winning book has been made into an animated video by scholastic and narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Title:  The man who walked between the towers

Author/Illustrator:  Mordicai Gerstein

Publisher:  Roaring Book Press

ISBN:  0-7613-2868-8

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