Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Children's Book Reveiw - Balloons over Broadway, Melissa Sweet

In honor of Thanksgiving...

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


Melissa Sweet

Category: Children’s Picture Book

Synopsis: The story of the man who made the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade what it is with his giant balloon puppets.

Rating: *** (3-star scale)

We take the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons for granted now. In the age of computer-generated everything, they’re no big deal. We’ve taken the “awe” out of “awesome,” and that’s a shame. But way back when, a puppet maker named Tony Sarg was asked to make puppets for a Macy’s store window. When that proved a huge hit with customers, he was asked to go even grander and create parade-size puppets for the store’s immigrant workers who suffered from homesickness. How ingenious to have the parade on Thanksgiving Day, thus bringing these immigrants from all backgrounds into the great American holiday, making it theirs.

This was a nice book. There was a lot going on, and I like that in a kids’ nonfiction book.

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