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Title:  Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of

Macy's Parade

Author: Melissa Sweet

Illustrator: Melissa Sweet

Sweet, M. (2011). Balloons over Broadway: The true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s parade. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

ISBN: 978-0547199450

​Orbis Pictus Award -- 2012

​Audience: Grades 1-5

​Reading Level:  Ages 5-11

​Genre:  Nonfiction / Informational

Summary: Tony Sarg loved making people smile. He was a very talented puppeteer. When he became an adult, his quest to make bigger and better marionettes made history. Today, Tony Sarg's inspiration continues to be America's gift every year in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This story gives a great explanation how this important day came to be in America's history. 

Likes: I really enjoyed learning about the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The author did an excellent job explaining and illustrating the history of puppeteering and creating marionettes that would become so popular and huge in a yearly celebration. 

Dislikes: The only think I disliked about this story was the seriousness throughout the story. It would have been nice to have a little more humor added in the creation of the balloons or the making of the parade. 

Curriculum Connection:

4.RL.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. 

4.RI.5: Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. 

4.RI.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

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