When I first heard the title of this book, I thought I had read it before. It seemed so familiar to me, but as I got into the story, I realized that I had never read it. I would have definitely remembered it if I had.
I expected The Man Who Walked Between the Towers to portray the
tight rope walk, but I didn't expect it to do so in a manner that made me go
back to the day that the towers fell. I didn't expect to feel nostalgic about
the morning I watched the twin towers fall. I mean, this was a story about fun,
about adventure, about doing something no one else had done. But, as I was
reading, I was thinking about how it was a story that will be one of its kind,
because it is a story about something no one else will ever be able to do. This
would be a great introduction to a conversation about September 11th with a
class of students who are learning about that time in history.
The author and illustrator really made me, as the reader, understand who
Phillipe Petit was. From the beginning of the book on, it was obvious that
Phillipe was a fun loving, adventurous man, who enjoyed performing for others.
For him, the leap from walking a rope between trees to walking a rope between buildings
was an easy decision. When reading, I could feel his confidence about what he
was about to do. He showed that risk was okay, and that, sometimes, you must
follow your heart and your dreams.
I enjoyed the framed pictures in this book and how they depicted the events
in time order. The illustrator did a great job of connecting the missing pieces
through illustrations. I felt like it was a similar feel as a graphic novel,
being able to connect events in the book through the pictures, when they
weren't fully explained with the text. This book helped me understand the
importance of attending to the pictures more. It is not something I always did
in the past, and it showed me how much of the story is told within the illustrations.
This is definitely a book that could be used in the classroom. What he did
was so outrageous, that it would hook the students' interest about the towers,
which would help lead to a deeper discussion.