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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
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 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers   by Mordicai Gerstein  2004 Caldecott Medal
Philippe Petit, a French aerialist performer in New York City in the early 1970's,  sets out to conquer the World Trade Centers by tight rope walking between the two buildings.  Petit and several friends spend the night trying to set the ropes to the two buildings.  At sunrise, he is ready to begin the scary task of walking the rope.  Arrested after completing his task, the judge sentences Petit to perform in the park for the children.
Gerstein uses ink and beautiful oil paintings to make his illustrations come to life.  Two pull out pages add to the danger and complexity of the task of walking the tight rope.
A wonderful rememberance to man who attempted and completed a dangerous aerial task while entertaining the citizens of New York City and to two buildings that are no longer present.
Favorite Quotes:
"He could feel the towers breathing.  He was not afraid.  He felt alone and happy and absolutely free."
"They gasped and stared.  It was astonishing.  It was terrifying and beautiful."
"But in memory, as if imprinted on the sky, the towers are still there."
Gerstein, Mordicai.  2003.  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.  Brookfield, Connecticut:  Roaring Brook Press.