Module 3: The Man Who Walked Between The Towers

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2012 at 3:07 am

Book Summary:  Philippe was a young man from Paris and love to dance and walk on a rope tied from trees.  Philippe wanted to try something different when he saw two towers that were a quarter mile high and one thousand three hundred and forty feet.  He had walked between other tall buildings but Philippe wanted to try and live dangerously.  He thought of a plan to get to the towers and started fulfill his disguise as a construction worker.  He had a friend help him take a four hundred and forty pound reel cable up the one hundred and eighty flight of stairs.  The rope was tied on each end of the tower; there were difficulties at first but they got the seven-eighths inch thick rope secured on each end of the tower by dawn.  Philippe stepped out onto the wire and walked towards the middle.  One lady was walking down the street and looked up and saw him walking and dancing on the wire.  Everyone was amazed but the police officers were shouting at him for an hour to come off the wire.  When the weather began to roll in with rain Philippe casually walked back to the end of the tower with his hands out for the handcuffs.  He was taken to court and the judge sentenced him to do community service and perform at the city park.  The towers are now gone but the history of Philippe would be forever remembered by the people.

Gerstein, M.  (2003).  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.  Brookfield,  Connecticut:  Roaring Brook Press.

Impressions:  Gerstein’s book was very colorful illustrations and unique.  The pictures in the book are headings and subheadings that read the book from left to right and up and down.  Some pictures cover the full page and open up to a new picture by opening it up like a brochure.  The illustrations follow the plot of the story as they are drawn looking from above as Philippe travels across the towers on a wire.  The story is a great third person biography about Philippe Petit’s walk on the Twin Towers in New York City.  It is wonderful to tell children about the event and the events that happened on September 11, 2001.  The book can be illustrated as controversy of the Twin Towers is simple informs the reader of the magnificent buildings from New York.  The illustrations are carefully drawn to show the appreciation of the hustle and bustle of the city.

Professional Review:

O’Donnell, L. W. (2011, Sept 9).  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

[Review of the book The Man Who Walked Between The Towers, by M.G].

Childhood Education 84(5), 1.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:7125/docview/210391964

“Mordicai Gerstein introduces children to a happy memory of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, to help replace the memory of the attacks of September 11, 2001. This colorfully illustrated nonfiction book recounts the tale of Philippe Petit, famous tightrope walker and street performer of the 1970s. The book traces the process he went through to string a cable between the two towers and walk the gap on August 7, 1974. Very little is mentioned about the terrorist attacks that leveled the towers, until the very end. With detailed illustrations, including fold-out pages, this author-illustrator has created a powerful piece of children’s literature, both visually and in content.”

Library Uses:  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is a great illustration and historical context of the events September 11, 2011.  This book can be used for a day in the week or month of September while remembering the events of September 11th.  It is a great way to engage children and teach them about the events.  This book is an example of history.  The children can be taught a history lesson and add a fun activity by walking on a jump rope in a straight line while not falling off.  It can be a great way to tell kids about other tight ropewalkers and how the circus different type of acrobats.


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