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 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 pu

  • Title: Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
  • Author: Melissa Sweet
  • ISBN: 9780547199450
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturEveryone 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, Caldecott Honor 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 Winner of the 2012 Robert F Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.

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    1. Melissa Sweet

      There is than one author with this nameMelissa Sweet grew up in a suburban neighborhood that had lots of kids, kick the can games on summer nights, and Percy s candy store right nearby Later she received her Associate s Degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute Sweet began began illustrating children s books in 1986 and has illustrated than 60 books Her work can also be seen in magazines, on posters, children s toys and food packaging.Sweet s signature style of whimsical watercolors is often enhanced by collage art when she finds objects and details that are appropriate to the story.Sweet lives with her husband and step daughter in a small coastal Maine village near a working harbor Above her drafting table there s a quote from the poet Mary Oliver To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work Sweet says That s good, because I often find myself taking walks, gardening, biking, but I m taking it all in and it somehow shows up in my books.

    997 thoughts on “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade”

    1. Tony Sarg always had a fascination with things on strings, and he used his love of marionettes to get a job designing windows for Macy's department store.In 1924, he was approached by other Macy's employees, immigrants all, to help create a parade to celebrate holiday traditions. When it was discovered that real, live animals in the parade were frightening the children, Tony designed his own fantastical animals - part puppet, part balloon, his air-filled rubber bags strolled along the streets th [...]

    2. indulge me in a bit of a different review for this book:Each year Thanksgiving Day finds me reminiscing back to childhood and smells of turkey cooking, family, laughter, love and of course, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My mother was cooking in the kitchen but she'd pop into the living room and join me and my father to watch the marching bands, the crowds and of course those magnificent balloons floating down the streets of New York. I always thought I'd like to venture to New York and see [...]

    3. I can't believe that I forgot to say how much I love, love, love this book. When I was a classroom teacher, many of my students were immigrants or just generally unaware of American culture. They truly needed a teacher to show them the Olympics, Obama's inauguration, Bush's state dinner, and uniquely American celebrations. Balloons Over Broadway is a beautiful way to introduce kids to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Totally recommended as a nonfiction (and picture book and American culture) [...]

    4. This is an outstanding book about Tony Sarg, the art of marionettes & puppetry and the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.I’ve never really enjoyed puppets or marionettes and I’m not a fan of parades, but I did enjoy this book. The only time I saw the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in person, I was six. I was not that entertained. Later on though, I have always liked the parade section in the movie Miracle on 34th Street. And I’ve enjoyed a few Disney parades. The marion [...]

    5. I thoroughly enjoyed this picture book biography of Tony Sarg, creator of the first balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.As a boy, Tony loved to figure out how things worked and he loved to build things (his solution to feeding the chickens on cold mornings left me both laughing and admiring!). His keen mind and sense of imagination and fun held steadfast to adulthood (and a move from his home in England) and soon he was designing amazing marionettes and even created the "Wondertown" w [...]

    6. A beautifully done biography that my students really enjoy. It's great for getting their creativity flowing and for leading into some cool science-related discussions about helium vs. air, etc. The knowledge that the big Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade started out with puppets is really inspiring. The illustrations are beautiful. A great modern Thanksgiving Day read aloud!

    7. The fascinating story of Tony Sarg, renowned puppeteer and creator of the Macy's parade balloon puppets. Outstanding design and crisp, engaging text invite readers into Sarg's creative process.

    8. This book is the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal winner, and deservingly so. I love books in which I learn something, and this one introduced me to Tony Sarg, who created the giant Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloons, which are really marionettes controlled from the bottom instead of the top (I didn't know that!). It was interesting to read about the early parades, before the big balloons were invented, and how the concept of the balloons evolved. (I liked reading about the id [...]

    9. Balloons Over Broadway is the story of Tony Sarg, a puppeteer who helped transform the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade into the well-known event it is today. The book begins with Tony's childhood love for tinkering and progresses through the rest of his life as an artist who became known as the father of American puppetry. The book's layout and illustrations capture Tony's playful personality and reflect his process for designing and creating his works. The illustrations are made as a result of the a [...]

    10. This book is great! My students and I learned so much from this book. I had no idea how the Macy Parade even started. The only reason this book was not 5 stars was because the vocabulary is a little hard in this book. We had to talk through a couple of words.

    11. Fantastic biography about Tony Sarg, the man who introduced the infamous balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. The book details the evolution of the parade from floats and animals, to the famous balloons we see on TV now! Great illustrations and authentic material shown in the illustrations.

    12. Balloons Over Broadway is an amazing story of Tony Sarg, who was a puppeteer who inspired large balloons in New York, which have become a staple of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. My students were engaged and loved the vibrant and beautiful pictures from the book. This book was followed by a writing prompt where students wrote about things that they were thankful for, including things they were passionate about, just like Tony Sarg.

    13. Balloons Over Broadway introduces readers to the life and work of Tony Sarg, mastermind behind the legendary creations in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. At a young age, Tony mastered the art of making marionettes, and his talents eventually took him to New York City. He started his career at Macys by designing a "puppet parade" for the store's holiday windows. His work was met with success, and he took on an even bigger project-designing a parade filled with the music and dancing loved by s [...]

    14. Balloons Over Broadway is a picture book biography of Tony Sarg. The book has such a fun layout. Each page is colorful and interesting, and even the text pops out from the page as if it were pasted on. The entire book is like one big, fun collage of information! This book would be great to introduce students to biographies. It will definitely keep readers interested and entertained. The Macy's Parade is a holiday tradition for many all across the United States, and it was very intriguing to know [...]

    15. Edit 9-21-13 have to move this book to a 5 star after reading the ebook version via the SMART Board these last 2 weeks with third through fifth grade. Students and teachers are loving it; I've found something new each time!exuberant combo of easy to read information and whimsical illustrations fashioned from a variety of media, very child friendly. I bet lots of people never gave a thought as to how the famous parade came to have those wonderful balloons.

    16. This is the story of Tony Sarg, the man who created the giant balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The history behind the parade and how these balloons were first imagined is so fascinating and the illustrations are so joyful that they will immediately lift the spirits of anyone in need of a mood booster\.

    17. Tony Sarg was infatuated with marionette puppets as a child, and his love only expanded as he grew older. The Macy’s Day Parade had live animals that grew too dangerous and loud, so Tony was in charge of coming up with a better idea. He used his knowledge of puppetry and came up with giant animal designs, ranging up to sixteen feet tall! They were, however, heavy and hard to handle. Tony came up with an “upside marionette” version of balloons for his animals, which are the style of balloon [...]

    18. Balloons Over Broadway looks at the true story of the puppeteer, Anthony “Tony” Sarg, behind the Macy’s Day parade balloons. The story begins at the beginning of Sarg’s life where he loved to create new things and make them move. He loved Marionettes and brought them to Broadway where Macy’s heard about his puppets. Macy’s asked him to create and design a puppet parade for the Macy’s holiday display window. This turned into an actual parade for Macy’s employees where Sarg helped [...]

    19. This story is about a boy named Tony Sarg who had a passion for figuring out how things moved. He became a marionette man at the age of six. When he grew up he moved to London and he realized marionettes were "out of style." So he decided to make some wooden realistic puppets and he put on some shows. He was so great at it, and his puppets moved life like that people looked for him to create more. He later moved to New York and performed on Broadway. Macy’s heard about his performances and ask [...]

    20. Balloons Over Broadway is a great informational text that tells the story of Tony Sarg, the man responsible for creating the gargantuan balloons featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. The book begins by recounting Tony's first invention when he was only eight years old and trying to avoid the hassle of completing his chores. As Tony grows, his passion for creating does as well, and he never lets bumps in the road deter him fro reaching his goals. When Macy's reaches out to Tony to help [...]

    21. Balloons Over Broadway is such a great read. To be honest, I did not expect it to be so good when I picked it up. However the illustrations and bits of humor (in the way Tony thought as a child) were just the right touch. As a future teacher, I definitely want to use this book to show my students that reading non-fiction does not have to be boring. Not only that, but someone who made a tradition was once in the very same shoes they are, not wanting to do chores and thinking creatively. This book [...]

    22. Balloons over Broadway was the true story of how the famous Macy's Day Parade balloons were created. A Puppeteer who had a knack for creating appealing shows with his puppets was given an offer by Macy's department store to put his puppets up in a store window to draw more people into the store. The puppets moved mechanically and drew the attention and amazement of children and adults alike so much Macy decided they wanted his puppets in their parade. Unfortunately, puppets are small and close t [...]

    23. Balloons Over Broadway is a true story about a puppeteer, Tony Sarg, who becomes the puppeteer behind the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The story begins with Tony as a young boy with the idea to bring items to life with movement. As an adult, he becomes famous for his marionette puppets, which do in fact move as if they are living things. He is asked by Macy’s to create a puppet parade for their famous holiday window display, which eventually ended up leading to the idea for the parade. Ho [...]

    24. Summary: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, by Melissa Sweet, narrates the story of Tony Sarg. He was a puppeteer, who loved to create puppets. He improved his craft so much that Macy’s asked him to create puppets for the parade. On his first attempt however, the puppets were small and not everyone could see them. After multiple attempts, he came up with the idea of the “upside down marionettes” or balloons that we see today. Evaluation: I have watc [...]

    25. This book is written about Tony Sarg and the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. I enjoyed reading about how his ideas for the parade evolved. I thought this book was very well-written and the illustrations were amazing. The pictures are very colorful, and made you want to keep reading. I loved reading this book, and it also taught me the history of the Macy's parade, which I always enjoyed watching as a child. It was interesting to see how the parade changed over time, and how Tony grew [...]

    26. Source: Sibert AwardI read this as an ebook on my computer. While it was similar to reading the book version, I would prefer to have the actual book. It was easier to look at the illustrations, especially when the direction of the pages changed and were vertical.Balloons Over Broadway is a biography about Tony Sarg, the man that invented the “upside down marionettes” in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. As a boy, Tony loved to figure out how things moved. As an adult, he began to make ma [...]

    27. A wonderful story with beautiful collage illustrations by Melissa Sweet that grabs the reader’s attention. This info-bio tells the story of Tony Fredrick Sarg, the creator of the giant size balloons seen over Broadway during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. As a child Tony enjoyed playing with marionettes and puppets, and when he got older he began creating marionettes and puppets for children. When he moved from London to New York, Macy’s contact Tony and asked him if he could create a win [...]

    28. I really enjoyed reading this book it brought back memories from my childhood. While reading all about the Thanksgiving Parade it reminded me of the one that goes on in downtown Chicago. I fell in love with the illustrations. The images are so accurate to what we see in person, (size of the balloons, colors, and crowds ). The illustrations are a great representation of the whole creation process from the sketches, to notes.This book is great for children of all ages. It's great that Tony the mai [...]

    29. Melissa Sweet's "Balloons Over Broadway" gives tribute to the origins of not only Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition in New York, but to significant contributions to the artist who made it happen- Anthony Frederick Sarg. What makes Melissa Sweet's account of this true story so appealing for readers is that she mixes her own artistry, Miss Sweet is marionette/puppeteer maker herself, in designing each page with the fascinating true tale of how Tony Sarg solved the problem of keeping very la [...]

    30. Today is inflation day in New York City and it has nothing to do with the economy, but everything to do with blowing up the giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Every Thanksgiving, we see these giant balloons make their way down Broadway. Old ones get retired, new ones are added to the group, but lots of balloons are always there. Yet, have you ever wondered how it all started? If you have, then Balloons Over Broadway is the book for you.In it, artist/author Melissa Sweet tel [...]

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