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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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Gracehake

This is a very informative and entertaining story. It is perfect to read seasonally and can be the introduction into many discussions such as traditions, Thanksgiving, or STEM ideas.

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Gracehake
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This is a true story about the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tony was hired to help Macys out on a parade to help bring together traditions of many of he immigrants who worked there. Each year the parade grew, and after many years he came up with the giant parade balloons. It shows his process of trial and error

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jdowney

They shimmied and swayed through the canyons of New York City.

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jdowney

This is a fun book to read before Thanksgiving and you can do a fun activity with it by having students create their own balloon floats.

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jdowney
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Balloons over Broadway tells the origins of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. This biography tells about Tony Sarg, who was a puppeteer. He created the first balloons for the parade. It walks through his journey starting out, how he came up with designs and materials, and how the parade became what it is.

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mm991518
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This is a children's literature biography published in 2011 that won the Golden Kite Award. This is a book about the man who started the Macys thanksgiving parade and I thought it is a great book. It is interesting to learn about how it started because it is a lot of peoples tradition to watch every year and i think it is an appropriate book for any elementary age level.

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erinhannahs
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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade was written by Melissa Sweet. This book shares the story about Tony Sarg and his invention of the giant balloons that we see today during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!

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Jordan1201
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Balloons Over Broadway was written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Published on November 1, 2011, it is a biography story. This book won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book and talks about how a boy named Tony Sarg made the first parade balloon. He loved making things move and discovering new ways of doing things.

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Brennap
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Heres a cute Bio about the puppeteer who helped the Macy‘s day parade come to life. “Balloons over Broadway”, it is a Caldecott Honor Winner by Melissa Sweet. It would be great to use around thanksgiving as I know a lot of students will have heard of the Macy‘s day parade. I found some resources that help this story to be together and then independently, it may be complex for some students but it is perfect for 1st-3rd grade!
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Brennap In the resource there are discussion questions, a vocabulary organizer for new & known words, and other ways to incorporate this book into other subjects. This resource supports the UDL principle (2.1) Clarify vocabulary and symbols & the ESOL strategy 5. Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. 3y
amandar This seems like such a cute book! I also love the resource you linked. The Reading Is Fundamental website is one of my favorites! You can find so much on it! 3y
DrSpalding Reading is Fundamental is an excellent resource. Continue using this in your future classroom. Excellent alignment! 3y
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ValeriaCastaneda23
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Balloons Over Broadway written and illustrated by Melissa sweet is a biography about Anthony Frederick Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! As shown on the book, it did win the Caldecott but also the Orbis Pictus Award. This cute picture book takes the history behind the Macy‘s days parade and tells the story of the puppeteer who helped made it happen. This picture book would be best used as a S or a RA!

ValeriaCastaneda23 I would use this book during thanksgiving time and teach the history behind the parade! UDL Activate ir support background knowledge EL Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. The link I provided has wonderful insight on how to integrate a STEM lesson for this book! https://www.getcaughtengineering.com/november-stem-giant-balloons-thanksgiving-p... #UCFLAE3414SP20 3y
DrSpalding You made excellent story selections. What a fabulous resource. STEAM is all the rage right now. This would be a great book to teach the history surrounding the most famous parade of the year. 3y
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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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Lauren_reading
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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!

charl08 Love your anonymising smiley faces. 3y
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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.“