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wonderful children's book: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein


in honor of the date, i'd like to recommend this wonderful children's book:

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0761317910/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

the man who walked between the towers

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This was a story they made a documentary about, right?

yes, philippe petit is the tightrope-walker's name.  and this book preceded the movie by 5 years.

A children's book that begat a documentary! Cool!!

it is not uncommon for children's books to inspire movies, but in this case, with it being a documentary, it may have just been a matter of timing.  i was glad to find this wikipedia entry, because i'm pretty sure i am one of the few who ever notices children's books in the real world!  :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_children's_books_made_into_feature_films

when i tell people i write children's books, they usually glaze-over immediately.  it has always surprised me!  here i think what i do is so fun, and other grown-ups start squirming to get away the second i say it, as if it were code for something taboo.  i was at a children's museum fundraiser once, and when the couple i was talking to heard what i did for work, he said bewildered, "there's an industry for that?"

his wife looked at me with the same question.  and i stammered to respond politely.

just yesterday i was having a nice conversation with a stranger on the beach when i asked, "you know the children's book author, shel silverstein?"

he laughed and said, "i haven't read a children's book in YEARS!"

"oh, yeah," i said, "guess that's MY world."

"yeah," he said, "no one remembers that stuff."

thanks, bro.  i'll keep that in mind.

But... Children's books are so important! They're part of how children learn!!

That list of children's books made into films is pretty extraordinary.

Some day Joone will be on there!

aw thanks, adam.  :)  we'll see...

children's books are definitely important.  and all the kids i know love them!  i think my encounters with uninterested grown-ups have less to do with children's books and more to do with how many of us don't think beyond our daily routine.

I believe that. 

I'm not sure what makes something a children's book. Why is this one:

http://pandawhale.com/post/50602/the-memory-of-an-elephant-a-most-unusual-childrens-book-for-lovers-of-mid-century-modern-design

hmmmm... how very interesting...  that one requires some investigation!

Picture to word ratio is a good answer. 

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