Balloons Over Broadway
The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's ParadeBook - 2011
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.
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This book is about Tony Sarg, the creator of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Large Balloons are flown in the parade. Puppets were Sarg's inspiring characters for the balloons. The history behind the Sarg and how the parade came about is explored in this book.
Melissa Sweet and the story Balloons over Broadway is about a boy named Tony Starg. The boy has a fantastic talent and imagination. His talent progresses into making a parade which brings joy to all in the city of New York on Thanksgiving in 1924 called the Macy's parade.
Melissa Sweet tells an amazing story about a guy name Tony Sarg. He was the man call on when inventions, ideas, or events needed assistance. He constructed one of the largest parades in the world, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. New York, NY residents were steadily entertained from Tony's dream making.
A story about a boy named Tony Sarg who has a very active imagination at an early age. This story is truly motivational and inspiring for children that believe and need the inspiration whether they are young or old. Tony Sarg lets his imagination take hold and creates great floats for Thanksgiving day in 1924 and has the of New York City jumping with joy.
Melissa Sweet tells the wonderful story of Tony Sarg, the man behind one of the largest parades in the world, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With the help of beautiful illustrations, she tells the history of the parade and how it became what it is today.
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.
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Many of the people working at Macy's were immigrants, and as the holiday approached, they missed their own holiday traditions of music and dancing in the streets. Macy agreed to put on a parade for their employees, and they hired Tony to help.
"From the time he was a little boy, Tony Sarg loved to figure out how to make things move. He once said he became a marionette man when he was only six years old."
" Macy's had heard about Tony's puppets and asked him to design a "puppet parade" for the store's holiday windows."
"With a marionette, the controls are above and the puppet hangs down.."
"Every Thanksgiving morning for more than eighty years, mammoth-size balloons have risen to the skies to wobble and sway, sally and shimmy, up and down the canyons of New York City. Just how did this beloved tradition come to Broadway? Who first invented these wondrous "upside down marionettes"? Meet Tony Sarg: the boy who loved to figure out how things moved- the boy who became the puppeteer of Macy's parade."
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