Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Man Who Walked between the Towers

Author: Mordicai Gerstein

First line: Once there were two towers side by side.

Why you should read this book: In an incredibly powerful story that is still fully appropriate for young people, Gerstein tells the true story of tightrope walker Phillipe Petit, who, in 1974, looked at the space between the unfinished Twin Towers and thought, "what a wonderful place to stretch a rope." His preparations for the walk, his successful romp in the air a quarter of a mile above New York City, and the aftermath, are all faithfully recounted in clean prose and breathtaking illustrations. This is an amazing story about an amazing moment in time.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're not prepared to explain to your small child why the World Trade Center isn't there anymore.

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