Mordicai Gerstein

“The Walk, a movie directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, tells the tale of a perilous tightrope walk between two buildings.

Philippe Petit, a French aerialist, spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire feats a quarter-mile in the air in 1974 after throwing a tightrope between the World Trade Center’s twin towers. With poetic text and beautiful illustrations that depict the intricacy, audacity, and — in two dramatic foldout spreads — the vertiginous drama of Petit’s feat — this picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with poetry all its own.

The 2004 Caldecott Medal, the 2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video go to The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.”