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Sweet, Melissa.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011
IL K-3, RL 5.4
ISBN 0547199457
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Have you ever wondered who came up with the idea for the giant balloons featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Well, stop wondering because Melissa Sweet has the answer for you. Balloons Over Broadway is about a man named Tony Sarg, who was a very creative puppeteer. Ever since he was a boy, he loved to figure out how to make things move. When he first started working for Macy's department store, he created really cool marionettes, those puppets with strings, and he made scenes for their storefront windows. People loved to look at his window displays. And soon, Macy's wanted Tony to help them with something much bigger: a parade. After a lot of work, Tony figured out how to create upside-down marionettes which became the giant balloons we still see in the parade today. This is an awesome picture book biography. Melissa Sweet, the author and illustrator, actually made all the toys and puppets that you see in the book. If you like to learn interesting facts and look at really cool pictures, then you should definitely read this book.  (Booktalk by Elizabeth Daigle for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee)

SUBJECTS:     Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942.
                        Puppeteers -- United States -- Biography.
                        Thanksgiving Day -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
                        Parades -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
                        Picture books for children.

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