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Balloons over Broadway
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade | Melissa Sweet
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Everyones a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macys 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 Americathe inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macys Parade. Winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.
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Niaaelizz

“Every little movement has a meaning of its own.”

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Niaaelizz

This book is so cute! I would use this in my classroom to get children curious about events that happen and how they become tradition!

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Niaaelizz
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This biography tells about how the Macy‘s Day Parade came to be and the mastermind puppeteer, Tony Sarge begins it all. This book is a very enlightened approach to all the obstacles Tony faced in making puppets for a parade. The author even adds a notes page at the end with pictures of Tony and his work.

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peytonfleming
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Review: Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, 2011, is a nonfiction story about the puppeteer of the Macy's Parade!
Blurb: This is a good example of the genre because it it a true story that uses quotes and facts to retell the story. I would use it around thanksgiving to give children insight into the upcoming parade. The illustrations and word placement add to the story.
Quote: “He discovered no one was making marionettes for kids anymore.“

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Kyle Donahue

“Every little moment has a meaning of its own“

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Kyle Donahue

This book would be a great read aloud for 3rd graders because they might be able to understand the historical content behind the story.

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Kyle Donahue
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This book was a great read. It felt authentic in the sense that the story was real. Background information was given on how the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade was put together.

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Bringing #nonfictionnovember to my 2nd graders with this great book about Tony Sarg, the puppeteer that designed the first Macy‘s parade balloon floats. Then they designed their own!

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Clairedannemiller

“Every little movement has meaning of its own.“

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Clairedannemiller

I would read this to 1st and 2nd grade classes. They would love teh storyline and the pictures. This would be a great book to read before Thanksgiving break to students.

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Clairedannemiller
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This is a nonfiction children's book. Its based on the macys day parade. This book has very vivid and interesting words and pictures. All of the information is presented clearly about what is happening during the parade.

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mack2799

“Every little movement has a meaning of its own.“

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mack2799
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This nonfiction book is good because it gives off true information of what really did lead up to the Macy's thanksgiving day parade. Its relatable, up to date in accuracy, and can be appropriate and valued by all ages in their own individual way!

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mack2799

this book was cute with good graphics to keep kids involved and excited. It takes you on an adventure and gives good information that could be useful and relatable during thanksgiving!

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Dandan0131
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This is a great example of a nonfiction because it is a true story about how the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It also creates imagery throughout the book. There is also elements of facts about balloons.

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cparsley

“every little movement has a meaning if it‘s own” I liked this quote becuase it kind of sums up the book well

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cparsley

This was a good nonfiction book because it explained all the pictures and was accurate, i liked at the end of the book when they showed a picture of the real parade

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Dandan0131

I would read this book in my classroom either before or after Thanksgiving so the children know how the balloons became part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I know that as a kid, my entire family watched it every year. Most children would be able to connect with it and relate.

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cparsley
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This is a nonfiction book. This book described the history behind the thanksgiving day parade

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Dandan0131

“Tony pulled on the rope, and the door to the chicken coop opened.“

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meganslats

“Every little movement has a meaning of its own.“

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meganslats

I would use this book in my early childhood classroom especially near Thanksgiving time. It is a great book to show the children how the parade originated and why it still continues to go on to this day. The children will enjoy this book along with the illustrations and how they come to life on the pages.

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meganslats
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This is a nonfiction book about how the Macy's Day Parade cam about and how the tradition of the big balloons started. The book was created and written to show young children how this tradition began. The illustrations are beautifully done and speak plainly for themselves. It is also an award-winning book.

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Abby_Karagory

“From that day on, every Thanksgiving morning, crowds have lined the sidewalks of New York City to see what new ballons would rise to the sky for Macy's famous parade.“

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Abby_Karagory
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This story has amazing art and collage-like detail! So much to look at in just one picture.

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Abby_Karagory
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Published in 2011, this children's biography is about how the amazing balloons came to be created and included in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The story is based around the artist Tony Sarg and how his creativity leads to the amazing balloons we see today! A light-hearted story that children will love.

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jennacavanaugh

"Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day"

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jennacavanaugh

This book was a Caldecott Honor and a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Metal winner.

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jennacavanaugh
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This was such a fun book! I loved the pictures and the vibrant, big balloons that filled every page. This is a great book for the children to relate to and learn more because many children watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This could be a fun book to read right before Thanksgiving and have the children record and observe what kind of balloons they see on the big day.

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cjbattiste

“...and the magnificent upside-down marionettes rose up to the skies.”

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I love the variation of art throughout the book.

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cjbattiste
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This is such a cute book with lots of great illustrations (no wonder it was a Caldecott Winner). I love the variations of text and color that Melissa Sweet used. This is a great book to read around Thanksgiving (especially for children who like the parade or even attend it.)