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.
"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
"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.