Author/Illustrator: Mordicai Gerstein
Publication Date: 2003
Genre: Biography, Historical
Awards: Caldecott Medal, Carnegie Medal
Overview: Paintings in the form of a comic strip, help tell the tale of Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the Twin Towers. He secretly planned his walk despite the odds against him but paid the price for his actions in the end. In this story, Petit is remembered as a legend for his courage to do the impossible.
Activity: Have students pretend they took the walk of Philippe Petit on the wire. Have them write a poem from their perspective, about how they would act and feel on that cable high in the sky.
Reviewer’s Name: Kristen