The Man Who Walked between the Towers
published in 2007

Details

Appropriate age:
Young Kid (age 5-7)
Reading level:
Grade 2
Genres: Biography, Nonfiction
Cultures: France, Europe
Subjects: Art, Fish, Circus, City, Pets, Cars

Description

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.