PPBF / The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Hi Friends! Title: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Author/ illustrator: Moridcai Gerstein
Award: The Caldecott Medal
Ages appropriate for: age three to eleven
First Three sentences: Once there were two towers side by side. They were each a quarter of a mile high; one thousand three hundred and forty feet. The tallest buildings in New York City.
Themes: Courage, biography, nonfiction, History,
From the Jacket: In 1974, as the World Trade Center was being completed, a young aerialist, Philippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the two towers and spent almost an hour walking, dancing, and performing tricks a quarter of a mile in the sky. Petit’s high wire walk has remained part of the history of New York City and of the World Trade Center. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers captures poetry and magic of his feat with a poetry of its own: Lyrical words and lovely ink and oil paintings that present the detail, the daring, and – in two dramatic foldout spreads – the vertiginous drama of Petit’s feat. Just as the Massive towers of the World trade Center remain in memory, so too does the image of a young man walking in the air between them – here given expression by a master picture book artist.
- The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
- Philippe Petit Character Trait Chart for each student
- Blank Character Trait Chart for each student
- Chart paper
- Vocabulary Worksheet (PDF)
- Answers to Vocabulary Worksheet (PDF)
- Comprehension Quiz (PDF)
Teaching 9/11 ideas and projects:: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/teaching-911-ideas-and-projects-from-teachers/?_r=0
The book Philippe Petit wrote:: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ddpV1GvF7E
The MOVIE: Man on Wire: http://www.studio360.org/story/155770-philippe-petit-man-on-wire/
Why I love it: I had read the “Let the World Spin” a notable book of the year for my book club which I had picked out and it had a chapter devoted to this even with Philippe Petit. So when I saw this Picture book I was immediately taken by it. This book starts off saying the impossible parts of the walk. How high it was. How they almost didn’t get the cable across. How they worked all night to get the walk ready. I was exhausted just by that. Petit had worked all night to get ready and then just as the sun came up across the city, Petit started his walk and a woman coming out of a subway saw him. It must have been quite a sight flying a mile high in the sky where sky usually is. I hope those mean boys grew up to regret wobbling the wire that he balanced on while serving his sentence of performing for kids in the park. What about you, what do you think your favorite part of the book will be? Can you tell me in the comments?
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So those two gifts should make my writer friends very happy and if you just wanted to skip this part and read the Perfect Picture Book Friday review, please do. 🙂 I aim to please!
Let me give an update on my new picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. We are done with the illustrations and are ready to have it formatted. I am not sure if who is doing that at eTreasurespublishing and I may not know for a while. The CEO has breast cancer and is recovering from that. I’m thinking of shooting an email to her assistant but don’t want to harass. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
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