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Book Review: Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

21 Feb

An inspiring book about a boy who loved to figure out how things moved and later, the man who never outgrew his love for toys and became the original puppeteer of Macy’s parade.  This engaging picture book provides a lot of historical detail surrounding the origins of the Macy’s parade and the dazzling balloon puppets for which it is known.  While the story will appeal to inquisitive young minds, the illustrations really make this book a winner.  Melissa Sweet utilizes her award-winning collage style to incorporate colorful illustrations with her own handmade toys modeled after some of Tony Sarg’s original designs.  The back of the book includes an author’s note about Tony Sarg, information about the artwork included in the book and a very nice bibliography.  Balloons Over Broadway has won several awards including a 2012 Caldecott Honor and the Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book published in the U.S.  There is also a fun activity kit to accompany the book with puppets and masks for children to make.

Title:  Balloons over broadway:  The true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s parade

Author/Illustrator:  Melissa Sweet

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflan Harcourt

ISBN:  978-0-547-19945-0

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