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

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

by Melissa Sweet


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ISBN-13: 9780547199450
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 19,244
Product dimensions: 9.12(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: AD1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Felicity0 More than 1 year ago
This nonfiction book tells the story of how the Macy's Day Parade came about. The main character Tony Sarg is fascinated by the way things move. He was always building and experimenting with pulleys and rope. He grew up and wanted to do nothing but make marionettes for young children. Tony Sarg eventually ends up all grown up in New York City and has a job working at Macy's. Before you know it, you are receiving a complete history lesson about one of the major holiday events in New York. The author does a great job at making this history lesson fun and entertaining. The art that is contained in this book is so colorful, and is reminiscent of a scrap book project. I'm so glad I found this book, and you will be too!
LaineyBelle More than 1 year ago
Balloons over Broadway is the true story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg. Sarg created the "upside down puppets" that everyone gets to see during the Thanksgiving day parade. Through collage like illustrations students get to learn about a historical figure. Instead of a boring biography this book offers a chance for the reader to read about somebody who created something amazing and made an impact on our country through beautiful and colorful pictures. This novel and it's beautiful illustrations grab you from beginning to end and show a wonderful story.
MeghanM1 More than 1 year ago
I like how this book is a true story, and it can teach children about how the macys day parade came to be. The author did an incredible job depicting the characters and making it a fun way to learn about something that happens in the present day. The character likes the way things moves and when he grows up has a job working at macys. When I read this book I didn't even feel like I was learning a lesson the entire time I felt like I was just enjoying the book for how it was. The illustrations are beyond amazing with the colors and art.
pinkystar06 More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! I loved the story of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. It's a great history lesson that appeals to children and would be a great activity during the holidays for your classroom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY Twenty-year-old protagonist Tony Sarg moves to New York City on an adventure he will never forget in this book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. This picture book is an easy read for 2nd-4th graders, with a third person narrator who tells the story with understandable vocabulary for young ages. It’s early 1900s, and Tony Sarg and his beautiful marionettes go to New York City to work on Broadway. When R.H. Macy hears word that Tony’s in New York. Macy asks Tony to design a “puppet parade” that moves for display windows. The crowd was awestruck and mesmerized by this “Wondertown” of marionettes and mechanical puppets. It was a success, and everybody loved it. Then Macy’s asked Tony to design an immigrant parade on Thanksgiving Day. Most of the Macy employees were from different countries; so every year the store held a parade with different floats for the different cultures. The parade ran into some conflicts that Tony uses his problem solving skills to find new, improved solutions. Read the book to find out. One of the themes of this book is Tony’s ability to problem solve. Evidence of this is when he was a little boy. Tony had to feed the chickens early every morning but he didn’t want to get out of bed. So he made a contraption that would feed the chicken’s without him having to get out of bed. Every night Tony spread out chicken feed in front of the chicken coop. Then with pulleys and a piece of rope he attached the rope to the door of the chicken coop and then attached the pulleys and rope leading up to his window. So in the morning, when he was in his bed, he would pull the rope to let the chickens out to eat the feed he spread out the previous night. His invention worked, and he was very happy. The illustrations in this book connect to the text very well and foreshadow a little bit. On pages 9,14,15, and 20 he is drawing his ideas, and readers can see the floats that are going to be in the parade. The illustrations also show where the action takes place. An example of this on some of the pages where the parade is going on, there is a map in the background, and it shows the path the parade is taking. Also when Melissa Sweet draws Tony’s office you can tell that he is a very crafty guy. You can tell this because the room is very colorful with all the colors of the rainbow, and there are gears, scraps of fabric, glue, and tools everywhere, on table tops, on shelves, and pouring out of cupboards. This book is a great nonfiction and beautifully written with wonderful illustrations. Melissa Sweet is very creative and makes this nonfiction book a fun easy read that is not boring like a normal nonfiction books with historical and science terms and such. On pages 26 and 27 when the big cat float is passing windows in a very tall apartment building she writes, “They shimmied and swayed through the canyons of New York City.” This is beautiful writing because it shows what the floats are doing. She is also a very good illustrator with her beautifully sketched images to make them look like their real life. I like this book because the book is based on a real story with a picture book twist to make it fun. This book is great, and I recommend it to children at ages 7-9.
TGANN More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. So much fun for the "thanksgiving" time of year. The illustrations are beautiful as well. Its a keeper.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love a parade? So what is the story behind those floats that are in Macy’s Parade? If you grab this fact-filled picture book by Melissa Sweet you will be so educated. Make sure you share this knowledge when you are watching The Macy’s Parade, as others will be surprised you have that behind-the-scene information. The story begins with Tony Sarg, who at the age of six was a marionette man. As an adult he moved to NYC and performed on Broadway. Macy’s heard of his puppets and asked him to put together a holiday display for their windows. Well received, Macy’s then wanted to do something special for their immigrant employees who missed their holiday traditions of music and dancing so they commissioned Tony to help with a parade. Accompanying live animals, using costumes and floats the parade was a success but this was only the beginning. Things started to expand each year, replacing the animals, making the puppets larger and then finally replacing them altogether. The book explains the challenges and the successes through the passing of time. Great, lively illustrations with detailed- draw sketches accompany some of the texts. Fantastic book to check out and learn out trivia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book, but very busy for small children. It appears on Nook color in a 2-page layout, making the text very small. I am disappointed in the way it appears because if you make the pages larger, part of the page is not visible. Then when you want to turn the page, you must make the pages smaller again. This would be easier to read in a full size paper bound book.
LilyLynne More than 1 year ago
The illustrations and fun historical story made this a fun read.
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I used this nook ebook for a college course. It was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it. I would highly recommend reading it to students, especially around the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since today is parade see them on t v granny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate nook 's