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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
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Apr 22, 2012

really liked it
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Orbus Pictus Award

This Orbus Pictus award winning picture book describes the floats displayed in the Macy’s Day Parade and their origins. The book focuses on Tony Sarg, the man behind the puppets of the in the parade. As a young boy, Sarg created small puppets and year after year made them bigger and better for everyone to enjoy. The reader is able to learn how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade puppets came about as well as give empathy for the hard work that goes into making them.
The genre of this picture book is informative because it gives the reader background information about the origins of the floats. There is no theme for this book, however it is an enjoyable read that informs readers how the puppets came about. Melissa Sweet’s book uses precise and descriptive words, and the plot describes how Tony started out with his invention and how far it went that it is still used today. This informative picture book allows readers to see into the viewpoint of Tony Sarg.
This story can be used in the classroom to inform students that Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade came about from one man’s invention. It is a great story to use around Thanksgiving time and get the students interested in the parade. This story could also spark their interest in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and it shows them that if they follow their dreams something big can become of it.

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