Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner

Winner of the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, the award-winning artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Parade.

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User Review  - hollyegirard - LibraryThing

As a class we would read this story and then we would have a readers theater. I would allow the students to come up with their own puppets to use and come up with a script that they would use that is similar to the one used in the story. Read full review

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User Review  - K_Rodriguez - LibraryThing

Tony Sarg is the man that helped make the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving become the amazing parade that it is today. He was the inventor of the balloon animals that are some of the main attraction ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Like Tony Sarg, Melissa Sweet loved to figure out how to make things move as a child. (She even remembers taking apart her own marionettes to see how they worked!) Today, she still plays with simple materials to construct her brilliant mixed-media collage illustrations, for which she has won a Caldecott Honor and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. About this book, she writes:  "As I began to research Tony Sarg, I was especially curious how he went from illustration and puppetry to designing the huge parade balloons. After I spent five years reading everything I could find on him, the Macy's parade, and puppetry--then traveling all over the map to talk to puppeteers--it seemed incredible that so few people knew of his work. I found him so inspiring, I wanted the whole world to know his story." For more information about the author and her work, visit

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