Mordicai Gerstein was already a talented children’s book illustrator when he decided to start writing children’s books of his own. Since then, he has released dozens of titles and has won nearly as many awards for his stories of childhood innocence, spiritual exploration, and imagination gone wild. His biographical story of tightrope walker Philippe Petit won the 2004 Caldecott Medal, making The Man Who Walked Between the Towers the most distinguished American picture book for children in 2004.
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Date of Birth:
November 25, 1935
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Chouinard Institute of Art
Parent’s Choice Gold Award for What Charlie Heard, 2002; Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, 2004
Mordicai Gerstein's official web site
|The Best Book to Read First|
|The Mountains of Tibet|
The Mountains of Tibet is a beautiful book about the possibilities we face in life -- and in death. It’s the story of a Tibetan woodcutter who is given a choice between reincarnation or heaven. Gerstein approaches the subject of death with a bold, sensitive plot and elegant illustrations. Parents have praised the book for helping them introduce another religion and talk to their children about what happens after we die.
|A Treasure Trove of Inspiration|
|"I love making books," Gerstein reflects on his official web site. "Each one seems to be, in some way, essentially different from the others, and each is a surprise to me. I think that making books, or any kind of art, might also be like mining. The artist digs into his or her life and imagination and never knows what they'll find. That's the adventure."|