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The Man Who Walked Between the Towersby Mordicai Gerstein
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When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn and#8220;In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.and#8221; In lyrical text and watercolorsand#8212;sometimes in dramatic wordless spreadsand#8212;this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composerand#8217;s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotionand#8212;and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine.
A tender account of how Charles Ives came to compose the music that expressed the grief and shock of the whole city of New York after the sinking of the Lusitania.
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and--in two dramatic foldout spreads-- the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, the winner of the 2004 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the winner of the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video.
About the Author
Mordicai Gerstein's recent books include the highly praised What Charlie Heard. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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