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Balloons Over Broadway:
The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

by Melissa Sweet
2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
Picture Book
Kindle Edition

If you could visit New York City on Thanksgiving Day, you would be treated to one of the world's greatest parades. Your feet would tap to the bands' music, and your heart would leap as you saw fabulous floats. Then, when you see Uncle Sam, Santa, enormous cartoon creatures like Spongebob Square Pants, and your favorite superheroes like Spiderman floating 324 stories above you, you would agree with millions of spectators, that the Macy's Day Parade would become one of your favorite memories.

Caldecott-winning artist, Melissa Sweet brings history to life in Balloons Over Broadway the biography of Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire who invented and engineered the first giganitic helium balloons for the Macy's Day's Parade in 1935. Through mixed media, Melissa Sweet presents the quintessentially interesting informational story of this creative artist whose problem-solving and innovation introduced the world to many-stories-tall balloons. The layers of graphic elements produce a visually interesting account of Sarge's plans, techniques, and innovation that delights and informs. It is perfect Thanksgiving literature that will bring back readers on every day of the year.

Balloons Over Broadway is the perfect classroom study to inspire problem solving and innovation, work ethic, creativity, and admiration of character traits that represent the best in the American Dream. It will be a classroom favorite, so Kids Wings recommends you consider purchasing a class set . The Kids Wings unit and 50-slide Jeopardy-type game will delight every teacher and guarantee thoughtful, fun, social and exciting academic growth for every classroom.

Research Links for
Balloons Over Broadway
written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet's Home Page
Macy's Balloons
Making a Rod Puppet
Making a Marionette
Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
Wikipedia: Tony Sarge

History of Macy Day Parades

Quotes to memorize:

"I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came by work." Thomas Edison

“Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.” George Crane

"Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy. I don't understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn't like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It's the kind of a life a decent man leads, it's something to live for and to die for." Dalton Trumbo



You can purchase the literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game for Balloons Over Broadway for immediate download for only $14.95!
Click Here to Purchase and Download
from Kids Wings at Teachers Pay Teachers

A 16-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, all are perfect for lesson plans, handouts, playing on your computer, or projection on your SmartBoard! Balloons Over Broadway is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans contain some great activities like:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
2-page Readers Theater
Crossword Puzzle
Researching Inventors
3D Balloon Building
Researching the Text
Math Multiple Choice Skill Builder
Reading Multiple Choice Skill Builder
Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game


Balloons Over Broadway is one of the literature guides in the Growing Young Americans collection that is on sale for only $49.95


A special thanks to Laura's Midi Heaven for allowing us to use "Power and Glory" by John Phillips Sousa as our background music!

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