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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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“Sweet’s brilliant combination of collage, design, illustration and text give Balloons Over Broadway an amazing richness. . . [no one] will ever see the parade in the same way.”—Pete Hamill in The New York Times Book Review
“It’s a history lesson, inventor's sketchbook, and inspirational story all rolled into one marvelous mixed-media masterpiece. Sweet's beautifully rendered true-life tale will have your child's imagination soaring to new heights!”—Education.com
"Sweet tells this slice of American history well, conveying both Sarg’s enthusiasm and joy in his work as well as the drama and excitement of the parade. . .This one should float off the shelves."—School Library Journal, starred review
“Tony Sarg, the man who invented the giant balloons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, has found a worthy biographer in Caldecott Honoree Sweet. The rush that comes from inspiration, the cliffhanger moments of creation, the sheer joy of building something and watching it delight the multitudes—Sweet captures it all in what is truly a story for all ages"—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This clever marriage of information and illustration soars high.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A joyous piece of nonfiction that informs and delights in equal parts.”—Booklist, starred review
"Sweet’s whimsical mixed-media collages, embellished with little dolls she made herself out of odds and ends, reinforce the theme that, for Sarg, work was play."— Horn Book, starred review
"Sweet's artwork is as joyous an affair as its subject." --Bulletin
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Balloons over Broadway
Balloon over Broadway tells the true story of Tony Sarg and the great impact his skills of manipulating marionettes created the beauty behind Macy's Thanksgiving parade. I believe this story falls under the category of informational books in that it tells the history of Tony Sarg with colorful covers and attention grabbing pictures to display his progress throughout his work. The artwork used through the book is amazing in the order it was used along with a small tribute with Tony's picture and a famous quote that Tony had always lived by. The arts played a huge role in Balloons over Broadway in that it introduced children to express themselves in their products which could range from painting all the way to building such huge balloons like Tony Sarg. The artwork used in the book looks that of a scrapbooking project and toys used from the early 1900's made of wood and cloth. We all know information books make the reader follow along easy and learn factual information about past history, Balloons over Broadway has done just that with chronological sequencing the evolution of Tony's puppets all the way to giant floating balloons tugged from below instead of above like his puppets.
I love how the illustrator used watercolors, collages and old papier-mache to really give us a feel of how he created the pieces. The illustrator used some of Tony's collections for the illustartions which I think is so great because we can see what was actually being thought of in Tony's mind. The story of this book is so passionate that you just can't put the book down. It's very thought out and detailed but easy enough to read so children can understand it.
This book shows kids how something so small can turn into something so big and exciting! No matter what your hobby if you believe in it you can make people love it as much as you. I truly believe that children would love to listen to this book and Ballons over Broadway could be a history lesson for me to use in my future teaching career!!
This book does an excellent job of introducing us to Tony Sarg, his time and his place as well as the creative process he went through to create the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The author blends science and history with the suspense of 'what will he do next?'
We'll be reading this one every Thanksgiving and saving it for any future grandkids. Plus, we'll be making our own rod puppet inspired by the book.
This book shows how perseverance will pay off. Even though Tony Sarg loved something of the past, he was still able to make it work for him. He was able to keep this treasure alive so that future generations can enjoy it. The story is very interesting and the illustrations grab your attention. This is an excellent picture book for older children.