Publishing: Roaring Book Press; Brookfield, CT; 2003
Awards: Caldecott Medal Winner
Description: This book tells the story of Philippe Petit who walked on a tightrope between the twin towers in New York on August 7, 1974. The washed-out illustrations give the feeling of a time long-past. Fold-out pages help to convey the distance walked and the height of the towers. The story is well-told and even more special because it was published shortly after 9/11.
Programming: The obvious choice would be to use this book on or around 9/11 to show younger students what the twin towers were like and begin a discussion about what happened. Students could research more details about Petit himself, because the book doesn’t give much background, or they could write down all of the numbers given in the book: how high the towers were, how far across he walked, etc. It would also be a good time to talk about facing fears and what other dangerous things people do, such as sky diving, bungee jumping, riding/fighting bulls, etc.