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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
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Feb 28, 12

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I'm doing a library unit on illustration, and I used this book as a kick-off to the Caldecott Medal -- focusing the lesson specifically on "perspective." Although these kids are English, and only 9/10 -- (amazingly, they weren't even alive for 9/11!) -- they had enough background knowledge of the Twin Towers and the tragic event to understand the tribute (or memorial) part of this book. But what they just couldn't grasp was that a man had actually (truly!) pulled off this stunt of walking between the towers. Several of them just flat-out refused to believe it . . . and me . . . when I told them that it was a true story. Building the towers was an unbelievable feat; knocking them down was an unbelievable tragedy; but walking between them? Most unbelievable of all! What a cool idea -- and so well-executed by Gerstein.
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Alyson My 9 year old's music teacher at school wrote a little musical based on this book, and they recently performed it. Probably one of the better and more enjoyable school performances I've seen. Brought on a lot of questions from my 6 year old, who watched it with me. Amazing this new generation has no notion of these towers and all that has happened, but I do think the book (and the musical I watched based on it) is great for them to become curious about these events that never had any part of our kids' existence.

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