Skyscapers and the Astonishing Philippe Petit

I read the book “The Man Who Walked Between Towers” by Mordicai Gerstein to my kindergarten class.  It is the story of Philippe Petit, a tight rope walker, who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974.  I read the story first.  (Warning, I tear-up at the end every time. . .)

Then I showed the children video of Philippe actually walking a tightrope.  They totally gasped with awe!  Today they asked if we could write a letter to Philippe and inquire about how he walked on a rope between two skyscrapers.   We talked about people who trained to do this kind of work -that it took Philippe years upon years of hard daily practice to do it.

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  1. MrsKiwiYeti says:

    Have you found any current information or news on Phillipe?

    • Yes! The children immediately wanted to know if he was still alive! We researched it and found out he is still around. He shares his knowledge and insights as an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. He also continues to train for several hours each day at his home near Woodstock, New York. I found a few videos of him online (2009).

  2. Rachel says:

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  3. I wonder who will be next to his success in walking in a tight rope.

  4. Carly says:

    I think this book is fabulous and what a great idea to tie it in with your skyscrapers! I am teaching about areas of community next week and will shop your ideas for my 2nd grade classroom!

  5. Kristina says:

    what a cool idea! I’ve never heard of it and it sounds like a lot of fun!!! I tagged you in a post on my site, come check it out! I was showing your site to some friends at a teacher meeting today and they LOVED it. My website is

  6. Miss Foote says:

    And you can read Mirette on the Highwire and get in some Text to Text talk!

    Chickadee Jubilee

    • Oooo, never read Mirette on the Highwire! I am doing it! Thank you!

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