The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Author/Illustrator: Mordicai Gerstein

Publisher: MacMillan

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Biography, Historical

Audience: 3+

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