Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade


It's a pretty safe bet that if you live in America you've watched the Macy's Day parade on Thanksgiving at least once in your life. The Rockettes literally kick-off this wonderful parade, and you just can't help but be mesmerized as the bands go marching by and the famous singers ride a top their floats. But this parade has something most parades don't have, and they are magical. They are the giant balloons of characters ranging from Snoopy to Spiderman, Spongebob to Kermit the Frog, and everything in between. What you don't know is the story of how they came to be created.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade tells the story of Tony Sarg, brilliant puppeteer, and the genius behind the balloons we have all grown to love seeing on Thanksgiving morning. Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal, this charming book written by Melissa Sweet, offers a story about a true creative genius who has brought joy to many. The illustrations are almost as charming and whimsical as Sarg's inventions, and the story let's us peer into the hard work and fun that went into Sarg's inventions.

For Sarg, work was definitely play, and the book is both a good visual representation of that joy, as well as a lesson on this important slice of American history. It's a picture book made for children, but truly to be enjoyed by all ages. For those who are following my journey through Pop Sugar's Reading Challenge, I put his one in my "Read it in a Day" category. 

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