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  - kather8 - LibraryThing

This is a neat book about Tong Sarg, the man who invented the giant balloons of the Macy's Day Parade that are so widely loved. The artwork is so visually pleasing, especially captivating for young readers, as well as it is informational and enlightening. Read full review

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User Review  - Atroesch - LibraryThing

I thought this book was a great read! I grew up with the tradition of watching the holiday parades and loved learning about the history of these balloons. I like that this book could be used for a number of lessons including art! Read full review

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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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