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

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

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

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4.5/5 (22 évaluations)
Longueur:
39 pages
43 minutes
Sortie:
Nov 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780547767161
Format:
Livre

Description

Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s 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 America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade. Winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.

Sortie:
Nov 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780547767161
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children’s books including Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus award, Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit her online at melissasweet.net.

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  • (5/5)
    GREAT book! Lots of good illustrations to go through, expect to take SEVERAL minutes on each page. The book tells about the original puppeteer who created the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. A great book to read around Thanksgiving time, just in time to view the parade! It put the parade in a truly different perspective for me, I really enjoyed the book! I am sure you will too!
  • (5/5)
    Balloons Over Broadway is an informational narrative about the man who created the Macy's Thanksgiving parade balloons. The story is told with unique and beautiful illustrations that give life to the parade and its history. This story also has a theme of invention and creativity and could be used to get young children excited about art or science.
  • (4/5)
    This book is about the story behind the Macy's day parade and the history of the man behind all the work, Tony Sarge. It explains how he came to create the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This shows the progression from mechanical puppets in the store windows to the balloons we see today. It chronicles his childhood as a toy collector to his days as one of the foremost puppeteers who's vision changed the Thanksgiving Day Parade. This book can demonstrate a positive lesson for students: if you work hard and have a dream, that it can come true.
  • (5/5)
    There's something that is especially compelling to me about a book that is both written and illustrated by one person. Balloons Over Broadway is such a story and Melissa Sweet is such an author/illustrator.Sweet uses scraps to make her book, scraps of stories and scraps of real objects and even scraps of words, and these add an extra fun layer of realism to her gentle illustrations and tale. Sweet takes charge of the book, always surprising the reader by flipping the perspective and adding real maps and marionettes to the margins. A wonderful book.
  • (5/5)
    This delightful book received both the Sibert and Orbis Pictus medals which I believe is a first. I had to read it again because I haven't looked at it since it first came. It is beautifully designed and Sweet does a wonderful job of capturing the playful spirit of Tony Sarg.
  • (4/5)
    Great book to read around Thanksgiving about the puppeteer who inspired the large helium balloons we see at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
  • (3/5)
    Beautiful artwork. you'll be inspired to make puppets of your own.
  • (5/5)
    I was expecting a nice book about the Macy's Thanksgiving parade but this is much, much more. The story of Tony Sarg is a real tribute to imagination and ingenuity. I loved it.Note to parents - Ready this to your kids and be prepared to make plans to travel to New York for the next parade! I know I want to go now.
  • (5/5)
    A historical chronicle of the creation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, this fascinating account provides intriguing details of the man behind the balloons, Tony Sarg. Beginning with Sarg’s tale from a young age, Sweet paints an attention-grabbing picture of the astute and inquisitive boy, who will one day be the mastermind behind the well-loved national holiday tradition, by adroitly combining conversational prose and elaborate visual elements. Full color, gouache and mixed-media collages dance across the pages as the story progresses through the life events that shaped Sarg’s genius. The images evoke the talented creativity Sarg brought to the parade, while providing visual explanations for some of the more complicated problems of physics that Sarg had to contend with. This book might prove to be a difficult story time inclusion, only because of its intricately detailed images and enthralling primary sources that will keep the page from being turned out of extreme desire to focus attention on every fanciful element on the page. This book is better suited to older elementary readers who can read it to themselves and dream about becoming part of this fabulous New York City event.
  • (5/5)
    Review: This book is about how Tony Sarg became the puppeteer of the Macy’s day parade. The book starts out talking about how Tony loved to figure out how to make things move as a little boy, and he become a marionette man when he was 6 years old. When Tony got older he started making puppets and marionettes that could move like actors and they began to perform on Broadway. Macy’s department store decided to put on a parade and they hired Tony to help. Tony created costumes and floats for the parade. From that day on the parade has ran every year on Thanksgiving day. Every year Tony made improvements to the parade. Tony started making big puppets out of blimp material propped up by sticks, so that he could have giant marionettes. These started to get too big for the streets so Tony came up with the idea of filling them with helium so that they would be in the sky. From that day on people come to watch the Macy day parade in New York to see the big balloons in the sky, and it all started by the guy Tony Sarg. Genre: BiographyGenre Critique: This was a well-written biography. It included facts and details about how Tony Sarg got his ideas for creating marionettes and eventually creating giant puppet balloons that float in the sky. The book is more of written in a story format so no dates or photographs are included in the actual story of the book. At the beginning of the book before the story starts there is a picture of Tony with the dates of his lifespan underneath it. In the back of the book the author includes a short note that gives more in depth facts with dates from Tony’s life. Also included in the back is picture of an original advertisement from the New York Times about the parade.
  • (5/5)
    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the biggest parades in the entire United States. Every year, one of the highlights of the parade are the giant balloon characters that fill up the New York City streets. But how did these giant balloons come to be? Who came up with the idea? The answer is Tony Sarg (rhymes with aargh!), a puppeteer and toy maker that Macy's first hired to do their Christmas windows and then to work on their Thanksgiving Day parade. Sarg loved puppets and marionettes from a very young age, so when Macy's asked for something spectacular to replace live animals in the parade, Sarg immediately turned to puppetry. His puppets so far had only been about 3 feet tall though, so he knew if he used those in the parade no one would be able to see them. How could they be bigger - much bigger? And if they were much bigger, where would the strings go? Soon Sarg was off and running with ideas and a parade legend was born!

    Melissa Sweet tells the story of Sarg's life and accomplishments and accompanies it with illustrations that combine watercolors, paper scraps, bits of fabric, buttons and other small objects. You'll want to take your time over this picture book biography of a little-known, but fascinating, creative talent. Winner of the 2011 Sibert Award for best children's informational book.


    I've never actually watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but I still found Melissa Sweet's exploration of the life of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer originally behind the giant balloons used in the parade, fascinating. While I'd never contemplated how those giant balloon characters came to be, I think kids, particularly those who are crafty or mechanical minded, will be immediately drawn in. The text is great, but the illustrations are the true star here. Sweet packs in the details and her mixed media illustrations reward readers who take the time to pore over them slowly. Every bit is carefully selected and put together including some recreations of Sarg's actual toys and puppets. Sweet ends with an author's note, acknowledgements and a bibliography while the endpapers highlight two of her sources - Tony Sarg's Marionette Book and a 1933 New York Times ad for the parade.
  • (4/5)
    Story and pictures come together beautifully as children learn about the little-known life of the man responsible for making the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade memorable when it first started in 1924, and really bringing it to life in 1928 with the addition of his helium-filled creations. Tony Sarg was a fascinating individual, and Melissa Sweet ably captures his childlike enthusiasm for his work.
    The one thing that's missing? A little more detail on his life in the Author's Note (the story's text says that he was an immigrant, but there is no mention of where he grew up before moving to London and then to New York).
  • (4/5)
    What a delightful children's book and interesting story! Loved the colorful illustrations too! I'd highly recommend it to fans of New York City and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
  • (5/5)
    I choose to read this book because the Macy's parade is a tradition for me at every Thanksgiving. I would like to see it in person. Now I know how the big balloons came to be. What a golden age when a retail shop owner can treats his employes to a parade. Learning about Tony Sarg brought joy to my heart. I lave that his daughter is quoted saying that her father never quite grew up. Melissa Sweet does fantastic work crafting her story. It's difficult to know right away how much work she puts into the book. I had to read at the end that all of the college work was done by her hand. So impressive.
  • (5/5)
    On Thanksgiving Day almost everyone turns on their TV to watch the Macy's Day Parade. This book has great ilustrations and collages that takes you through what goes on behind the scenes for the Thanksgiving Day parade. This book will teach children about the person who created the Macys day Parade and the puppets to go along with the parade.
  • (5/5)
    A playful book about Tony Sarg's inspiration and construction of the Macy's Day Parade. This book is full of historical details and beautiful illustrations, along with an author's note at the end.
  • (3/5)
    Another non-fiction beauty that details the story of Antony "Tony" Frederick Sarg, a puppeteer and master toy collector. Tony Sarg first created a way to do his chore, feeding the chickens, through a pulley system so he didn't need to wake up at 6:30 am everyday like his father asked him to. After this he commences to collect toys and travel the world. This story taught me the the thanksgiving Macy Day parade was basically developed by Sarg, which I didn't know. The illustrator used mixed medium and even at times created his own toys for use in this book. Overall a delightful read. USE: education, NYC, parades
  • (5/5)
    Excellent informational narrative about the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fun history of balloons and the idea that started it all.
  • (3/5)
    Wonderfully illustrated and a joy to read. Would be great to use when connecting the artistic process to the scientific one.
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book because it immediately pulled me in and captured my attention. I am from New York and never knew the history of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The book won the Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. Although the book contains looks of information with the help of the illustrations and pictures it made the book colorful fun and interesting. I have learned lots of new information from this short picture book and think it could really help in a classroom teach about American Culture. The book focuses on Tony Sarg's determination how the Thanksgiving Parade tradition began. The main idea of Balloons on Broadway is to never give up on your dreams.
  • (4/5)
    This book tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg who is famous for being the first person to create the balloons that we see in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • (5/5)
    The multitude of illustrative styles inside this book helped me to see the elements of designs of books as well as the talent of Tony Sarg. Very informative and visually fun book that exposes the reader to an unknown and amazing person whose work is all around us.Great for a middle elementary school reader/ history/ science(gases, helium) backup.
  • (4/5)
    This informational picture book tells us the story of how the creative Tony Sarg dreamed up and created the floats that march down the streets of New York during the annual Macy's Day Parade. The book starts with describing Sarg as a child, using strings and ropes to do his chores without leaving bed, and making marionettes. Then we are taken with him to New York where Macy's asks Sarg to help honor their immigrant employees' holiday traditions by designing a parade.The book takes us from the start to the end of the development of the famous parade balloons. Watching the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving has been a tradition in my family for many many years. I loved learning about the original ideas behind the parade. It fascinated me to learn that the parade was supposed to be a combination and compilation of various cultural traditions and celebrations. This could be a great tie-in to a holiday tradition discussion with my students, or just an emphasis on the effort that art takes. I loved the perspective of the illustrations as well -- sometimes it made you feel as though you were a viewer at the parade.
  • (5/5)
    This is a wonderfully written story that tells about the life of the man that created the balloons that are in the Macy's Day Parade. It was fun to read this story to my students because it is non-fiction and they really enjoyed knowing that the story was real. At the end of the story is a real newspaper clipping from the first Macy's Day Parade, which was also fun to show my students. There is a great message to the story, one of creativity, perseverance, and just following what you love to do. What I also really enjoy about this story is that I think it will help my students look at the Macy's Day Parade in a different way the next time they see it on TV. They'll know more about its history. Defiantly a non-fiction book that I’ll be purchasing for my classroom for next year!
  • (5/5)
    This was an amazing history of the Thanksgiving pride and how it came to be! I love the fact that Mr. Sarg first came up with this idea to celebrate the workers cultures that were employees at Macy's. It was also very fun to see how this event has evolved from a puppeteers dream to the biggest parade in the country.I love the fact this pride is very special to most americans because they think of the U.S. holiday Thanksgiving. But it really is a celebration of all people from all walks of life. I think if people knew the history they might have a better appreciate of the event and how it came to be!!
  • (3/5)
    I think that this is a good children's book. I really like the illustrations. They are very cartoon-like and some look like the child in the story actually drew them, so it creates a personal connection between the Tony and the reader, like the picture of his invention for the chicken coop. I also like the author's writing style. His words are simple, yet informative and do not pile on information about Tony, but present it in a way that moves smoothly and keeps interest. For example, his childhood events are only a few pages before moving on to his adult life. The message of this book is to follow your dreams.
  • (5/5)
    This is a story of a puppeteer, Tony Sarg, who from a young age was interested in how things moved. When he grew up he learned how to make puppets and made little puppets for children. When he moved to New York he was summoned by Macy's store to create floats for their Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. Very beautifully illustrated and well written book.
  • (5/5)
    This is a great children’s book about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. It talks about the talented puppeteer, Tony Sarg, who created the first Macy’s larger than life balloons in 1928. He was an immigrant who enjoyed tinkering and ended up creating the huge balloons in New York that are still seen today around the world. This book has great illustrations and collages that takes youth through what goes on behind the scenes for the Thanksgiving Day parade. Elementary students would enjoy this book around Thanksgiving and it would be a nice change from the traditional assignments.
  • (4/5)
    This book is a biography of Tony Sarg, the creator of the balloons used in the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. It begins with his early life and how he was always good with building things that could be controlled with the pull of a rope. It started off as just a puppet show and grew to the massive size of a parade that airs nationally every year. Not only is this story educational but it is done in an entertaining way for children. Tony Sarg was not only an amazing puppeteer but also a wonderful inventor. The illustrations were one of my favorite parts about the book she used a lot of mixed media and collages. Sweet did a wonderful job bringing this story to life.
  • (4/5)
    Genre: InformationalHow I would use this book:-Because many children watch and enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, I thought that this book would be a great way to present children to informational books.-After reading the book, I would have the students do a timeline of the Thanksgiving Parade based on the development of the Macy's Parade balloons. Summary: The book begins by telling the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeter whose puppets inspired the creation of the Macy's Parade balloons. The book goes on to talk about how a show for puppets that was displayed outside the window of the Macy's on Broadway became a parade with balloons that float a couple feet from the ground. Media: gouache, collage, and mixed mediaCritique: "Ballons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Macy's Parade" is a good example of an informational book because it presents accurate information about the life of Tony Sarg and the events that are mentioned in the book.