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10 thoughts on “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

  1. says:

    This is the story of Tony Sarg and how the Macy s Day Thanksgiving Parade came into being Tony figured out and designed all the balloons as upside down puppets Instead of controlling them from above, they were controlled from below He was a man who kept his child like wonder The parade started in 1928 because immigrants missed a street carnival like back in their own countries Tony is the mentor of the person who did puppets for the Sound of Music and that person mentored Jim Henson He kind of started good things in this country.The kids have seen the parade, but they get bored of it still, sadly, so they know about the balloons Hopefully they can see if first hand one day if Macy s is still around Still, they thought the book was pretty neat There are some strange looking creatures in here that my nephew liked His newest obsession is Chip and Dale They both ended up giving this book 4 stars It s funny, I ask them several questions about what they think of a book and now they are in the habit of discussing with each other, to their own degree, what they like and don t like about the story It s cute to hear the short discussion Usually it s I like this page and I don t like that page kind of thing.


  2. says:

    Tony Sarg always had a fascination with things on strings, and he used his love of marionettes to get a job designing windows for Macy s department store.In 1924, he was approached by other Macy s employees, immigrants all, to help create a parade to celebrate holiday traditions When it was discovered that real, live animals in the parade were frightening the children, Tony designed his own fantastical animals part puppet, part balloon, his air filled rubber bags strolled along the streets that Thanksgiving day.To make his creations easier to see by the packed crowds, Tony began filling them with helium, and the giant parade balloon was born.This is a wonderful story, with terrific illustrations by the author.


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    indulge me in a bit of a different review for this book Each year Thanksgiving Day finds me reminiscing back to childhood and smells of turkey cooking, family, laughter, love and of course, The Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade My mother was cooking in the kitchen but she d pop into the living room and join me and my father to watch the marching bands, the crowds and of course those magnificent balloons floating down the streets of New York I always thought I d like to venture to New York and see the parade in all its colorful glory, in person Each year as Thanksgiving approached I d think about going and then would dismiss the plan I don t like the cold so thought it might be better to just watch the parade from the warmth of my living room This year as I thought about going I had to ask myself, what am I waiting for And so I made the plan to finally go to see The 2011 Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade We ve got two books in our library on the parade Milly and the Macy s Parade by Shana Corey illustrated by Brett Helquist A picture book based on a true story of the parade s 1924 origins, this has stunning art and reminds me of a window dressing.The second, ia a 2011 publication, Balloons over Broadway the true story of the puppeteer of Macy s Parade written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet This children s book tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg and his creation of the first giant balloons to fly over the crowds and becoming an American tradition that has entertains millions each year It s a fascinating story and was the perfect choice to read while planning my trip to the parade My husband, grandchildren and I were fortunate that mother nature provided excellent weather on Thanksgiving Day We found a sunny spot with a wall for leaning bordering Central Park and 63rd St We had plenty of time to mingle and talk with people as we arrived at 7AM and had two hours before the parade would begin You might see watching the parade on tv, but nothing will compare to seeing that first balloon come down the avenue It was incredible They are huge, taking up the whole width of the street and even on this balmy day, you can see the sheer strength it takes the handlers to keep the balloons from crashing into buildings or taking off My favorite, hands down, Kermit the Frog The spectators were extremely appreciative of the bands, clowns, celebrities and other parade participants but none so much as the NY Firemen and NYPD The cheering for all was wonderful to see.So where s my pictures They re in my head, to bring back at whim, new memories of a very special Thanksgiving Day.


  4. says:

    I can t believe that I forgot to say how much I love, love, love this book When I was a classroom teacher, many of my students were immigrants or just generally unaware of American culture They truly needed a teacher to show them the Olympics, Obama s inauguration, Bush s state dinner, and uniquely American celebrations Balloons Over Broadway is a beautiful way to introduce kids to the Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade Totally recommended as a nonfiction and picture book and American culture text Great for grades 2 4.


  5. says:

    This is an outstanding book about Tony Sarg, the art of marionettes puppetry and the history of the Macy s Thanksgiving Day parade.I ve never really enjoyed puppets or marionettes and I m not a fan of parades, but I did enjoy this book The only time I saw the Macy s Thanksgiving Day parade in person, I was six I was not that entertained Later on though, I have always liked the parade section in the movie Miracle on 34th Street And I ve enjoyed a few Disney parades The marionette show in the movie of The Sound of Music is one of my least favorite scenes, the song that goes with it one of my least favorite songs in the musical So, I m probably not the best reader for this book.The reason I starred it as high as I did is that I really enjoyed the book, and learned from it to It s a fine account of Tony Sarg s life and art, a lovely immigrant story I had not known that the Macy s parade started as a perk for Macy s immigrant employees , and reveals some interesting history It s a wonderful story of how an artist thought and worked, and might give artistic minded interested kids some ideas I became quite enad with Sarg, from childhood through his later years I love his quote I have never done a stroke of work in my life Aspiring to an eventual vocation where they can say that is a great idea to introduce to kids.The illustrations are so much than traditional pictures They are amazing They re made up of photos of handmade toys, text within pictures, old newspaper clippings, watercolor paintings, collage They re all fascinating and they really draw the reader into the book And, they seem authentic to the subject matter They re creative, clever, and appealing It s apparent that a lot of love and work went into this book.4 stars


  6. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this picture book biography of Tony Sarg, creator of the first balloons in the Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade.As a boy, Tony loved to figure out how things worked and he loved to build things his solution to feeding the chickens on cold mornings left me both laughing and admiring His keen mind and sense of imagination and fun held steadfast to adulthood and a move from his home in England and soon he was designing amazing marionettes and even created the Wondertown window display for Macy s in New York City When Macy s employees, many of the immigrants missing their own holiday traditions as the Christmas season approached, wanted to hold a parade, Macy s hired Tony to help The Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade was born I really loved seeing the evolution of Tony s ideas, adapting as the parade changed, both parade and balloons becoming bigger and popular I also was very happy that the zoo animals in the parade were replaced by balloon animals I especially enjoyed how Tony got the idea for the huge marionette balloons that we see today on the Macy s Parade readers might even recognize Felix the Cat a familiar character in the parade today Tony Sarg seemed like a great guy I ve never done a stroke of work in my life, he said Wouldn t it be wonderful if we could all feel that way about our jobs He seemed to always hold true to his creative spirit and the sense of childhood wonder he held within Despite his popularity and increasing fame, he always made time for children and responded to every letter he received from his young fans He also inspired many future puppeteers One of his apprentices, Bill Baird, created the puppets for the famous Lonely Goatherd marionette show in the film The Sound of Music and one of Baird s apprentices was Jim Hensen, creator of the Muppets Though I wasn t a huge fan of the style of Sweet s illustrations, I could appreciate them and I loved the sense of joy in them I highly recommend this book to anyone adults included interested in learning about the history of the Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade, interested in art, imagination, mechanics, and perseverance I think it s especially beneficial for children to see how concepts evolve and improve and adapt Those looking for about the origins of the Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade might also enjoy Milly And The Macy s Parade.


  7. says:

    A beautifully done biography that my students really enjoy It s great for getting their creativity flowing and for leading into some cool science related discussions about helium vs air, etc The knowledge that the big Macy s Thanksgiving Day parade started out with puppets is really inspiring The illustrations are beautiful A great modern Thanksgiving Day read aloud


  8. says:

    The fascinating story of Tony Sarg, renowned puppeteer and creator of the Macy s parade balloon puppets Outstanding design and crisp, engaging text invite readers into Sarg s creative process.


  9. says:

    Winner of the 2012 Robert F Sibert Medal, awarded annually to the best informational children s title published that year, this beautifully illustrated picture book biography follows the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer and marionette maker who created the very first floating balloon characters for the Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade From his childhood as a toy collector and tinkerer, to his days as one of the foremost puppeteers of his day in a wonderful example of traditions being passed on, one of Sarg s apprentices was responsible for the marionette theater in the film The Sound of Music, and his apprentice was Muppets creator Jim Henson Balloons Over Broadway chronicles Sarg s life long devotion to his craft.I read this at the same time as Shana Corey s Milly and the Macy s Parade , another picture book dealing with the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and found it absolutely delightful Informative, entertaining, with gorgeous mixed media and collage artwork, it is a worthy tribute to this wonderful holiday tradition I appreciated all the little found objects that Melissa Sweet worked into her artwork, as well as the detailed author s note at the end of the book, and was glad to learn something about the artistic component of the parade, and the person responsible for it Tony Sarg s statement, that he had never done any work in his life, was quite impressive I suppose when we truly love something, it isn t really work to us.


  10. says:

    This book is the 2012 Robert F Sibert Informational Book Medal winner, and deservingly so I love books in which I learn something, and this one introduced me to Tony Sarg, who created the giant Macy s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons, which are really marionettes controlled from the bottom instead of the top I didn t know that It was interesting to read about the early parades, before the big balloons were invented, and how the concept of the balloons evolved I liked reading about the ideas that didn t work The illustrations, a mixture of drawings and photos of crafted puppets and other objects, emphasized Sarg s inventiveness and creativity Melissa Sweet stated in an author s note that she studied puppetry and made various kinds of puppets in preparation for writing and illustrating this book I especially liked the 2 page end on spread of the elephant balloon sailing in its first parade Sweet also provided additional information in her author s note about Sarg s life after the events in the book One of his apprentice s apprentices was Jim Henson of the Muppets fame He also illustrated a children s book, which I will now have to look for Finally, I enjoyed the advertisement from the New York Times on the back endpapers for the parade, with its descriptions of all the balloons A creative and informative book from cover to cover, and recommended


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