Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review - Balloons Over Broadway The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Released: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Age Group: Childrens
Pages: 40 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Author
Authors Site: Melissa Sweet
Who invented the first balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! 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”? 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.

As a child growing up every year I loved watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and still do till this day. It's a time honoring tradition to see all those beautiful colorful floats and huge balloons. In this book Balloons Over Broadway tells you how and why the Macy's Day Parade originally started and also tells who created the puppeteer balloons we all have enjoyed for years. I enjoyed reading this book with my kids and we learnt so much from it. I was really surprised how much they enjoyed it being a true story but it was very interesting and kept us entertained to the very end.


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