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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Caldecott Medal Book) Hardcover – September 5, 2003
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The story is based on the true tale of one Philippe Petit. A French aerialist, Petit was adept at juggling, unicycle riding, and (as it happened) tightrope walking. When construction finished on the Twin Towers in 1974, Petit happened upon the crazy notion of walking between them. The man was no stranger to such a stunt. He had, after all, walked between the towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral back in his native France. After asking the Tower's owners for permission, his request was quickly declined. To be allowed would fly in the face of a million safety regulations, after all. The quick thinking Petit reasoned that all that was left was to go ahead and do it anyway. Involving some friends, a construction disguise, and a four hundred and forty pound reel of cable, Petit successfully made it to the roof of one tower in the night and connected the line between the towers with help. Then, as the dawn broke, he did his famous walk across.Read more ›
Alongside the artwork is the story, economically told, of Petit's dream and the manner in which he made it come true. It describes how he and some friends dressed up as construction workers, hid out on both towers until nightfall, and got the wire-walking cable (which was a mere seven-eighths of an inch wide) in place, after which Petit walked, ran, danced, and even lay down on the outstretched wire over the course of nearly an hour. He was then, of course, arrested but, to my surprise, ordered only to perform his feats for the children of New York City. This is a fabulous story that will literally take your breath away, especially if you are as afraid of heights as I am, but I can't get over just how dangerous and illegal this was (to his friends as well as himself) and can only wonder how Petit got off so easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for my 8 year old grandson. He told me he liked the bookPublished 3 months ago by Mary Jo Feresten
We bought this as a gift for my nephew, who went and saw the movie and wanted the books based on the guy who walked between the towers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer
This was such an inspiring real-life story and it was beautifully transformed into this wonderful children's book! The illustrations were beautiful.Published 4 months ago by JazzySunMom
Great illustrations. Nice introduction to this amazing feat. Easy to follow up with Youtube, documentaries or film. Subtle introduction to the history of the Twin Towers.Published 5 months ago by Bonnie C.
We really did NOT enjoy this book. The last page is terrible! Very disconnected. Sorry to have purchased this book for the written content. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karla
I guess this is the first time I am writing review for a kids book. Mostly I buy books for my son (now 4) from Amazon based on other users reviews and I saw this one doesn't have... Read morePublished 6 months ago by freqshopper