The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

(Book - 2011-)
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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
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A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
Title: The man who walked between the towers
[electronic resource]
Publisher: [Norwalk, CT] : Weston Woods, 2011-
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (11 min.) :,digital, WMV file, sd., col
Notes: Based on the book by Mordicai Gerstein
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Summary: A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
Audience: 7-8
ISBN: 1606313150
Research Call Number: 92 PET
Statement of Responsibility: Scholastic ; Weston Woods presents ; produced by Michael Sporn Animation, Inc. ; produced by Paul R. Gagne, Melissa Reilly [and] Michael Sporn ; directed by Michael Sporn
Credits: Music by Michael Bacon ; edited by Paul Carrillo ; animation by Tissa David, Matthew Clinton and Michael Sporn.
Performers: Narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal.
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Headings: Tightrope walking Aerialists Biography World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) Petit, Philippe, 1949-
Genre/Form: Streaming video
Topical Term: Tightrope walking
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Jan 05, 2012
  • RitaLottaBooks rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing true story and fabulous illustrations.

Nov 08, 2010
  • Tilda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was excited to read this book with my daughter because I enjoyed the James Marsh documentary “Man on Wire” so much. Obviously, because this is a book for children, it doesn’t focus on Philippe Petit’s more idiosyncratic personality traits and justifiable celebrates his talent, artistic vision and his dream of walking across the expanse between the two towers of the World Trade Center on a tightrope.

The art in this book makes great use of clear, clean colour and an expressive impressionistic style. The fold-out pages are amazing – they are convincingly vertiginous. The description of how Petit and his team negotiate their way to the top of the World Trade Center might lose some younger readers but the skill and the spectacle of their accomplishment will make an impression.

I do have one warning about the book. It states very clearly at the end that “The towers are no longer there.” I respect Mordicai Gerstein for addressing this directly and his doing so shouldn’t discourage anyone from sharing this book with their children. Just either be prepared to skip that sentence or be ready to explain the events of 9/11 to your children.


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