He could feel the towers breathe.
This book highlights the strength and impact of a city rebuilding itself after a troubling time by showing appreciation for taking courage and being determined.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers was written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein and was published in 2003. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 2004. This book focuses on the achievement of Philippe Petie who tightrope between the roofs of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in August 1974. This book shows the strength of courage and determination.
Published in 2004, Mordicai Gerstein does a great job at detailing what the Twin Towers meant to people prior to 9/11. Gerstein captures the event of Philippe walking between the towers with his beautiful and detailed illustrations in this picture book. This book won a Caldecott Medal for its powerful illustrations.
This book became an award winner for winning the Caldecott Medal and it completely deserved it. The illustrations are stunning and definitely adds so much meaning behind the text and topic. It is a great resource to teach about a tough topic.
I remeber reading this story years back in school. Looking back on it now, I know that I did not appriciate this caldecott winner for what it was. The pictures are not too vast and there are not that many on each page, but those are only positive points because it helps shape each page.
I would read this book around September 11th. Around this time, kids are hearing a lot of sad and sometimes scary stories about this day, and this book provides a different narrative. Instead, it shows children a crazy part of history that took place at the towers.