Balloons over Broadway

The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

By Melissa Sweet

Published by Houghton Mifflin 2011

Tony Sarg was a marionette puppeteer, and was famous for his work.  Macy’s Department Store originally had him design window displays for their New York store.  As Macy’s developed their Thanksgiving Day parades, they solicited Sarg for his help.  First, he designed large puppets on poles, but they were still difficult for everyone to see, because the parade-goers were so numerous.  Finally, he teamed up with blimp makers to create the gigantic balloons we’re familiar with today, filled with helium and tethered with strings.  They were a hit, and have been an integral part of the parade ever since.

A terrific history book about a person integral to our culture today.  A great seasonal book for Thanksgiving time, and a good recommendation for students who like biographical reading.

Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection

2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner

Winner of the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award

Accessed: Augusta County Library


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