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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

By Marigny Dupuy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

A man's daring stunt atop the World Trade Center towers.

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While the text is strong and appealing, the poetry is in the illustrations, so clear, glorious, and powerful that this could almost be a wordless book. Rendered in oil and ink, Mordecai Gerstein's use of perspective and panorama is remarkable. His stunning illustrations won him the 2004 Caldecott Medal.While unsettling in many ways, the story and images in this impressive book pay homage to a place that looms large in our national psyche. Created by a talented and experienced author/artist of more than two dozen books for children, it is a book that will be remembered by readers for many years.

Like the World Trade Center towers -- the tallest buildings in New York City, and the site of the worst act of aggression on American soil -- this is a story of extremes. The events involve an act of the utmost danger and foolhardiness, yet one's relief at the aerialist's success is tremendous as well.

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